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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Best CD of 2007 so far

ridiculously good

Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, was recently released as a digital download available only via the band's web site. There's no label or distribution partner, and when you put In Rainbows' 15 songs into your cart, and check out, a question mark pops up where the price would normally be. Click it, and the prompt "It's Up To You" appears. Click again and it refreshes with the words "It's Really Up To You" — and really, it is. According to Time magazine, "It's the first major album whose price is determined by what individual consumers want to pay for it. And it's perfectly acceptable to pay nothing at all."

Which is incredible. Not only because of the extraordinarily generous statement by the band, but because it is an extraordinary CD. Not quite as amazing as Kid A, but nearly. Rush, rush, rush over to their site and "buy" it. And pay something for it, because it is worth every penny.


Blogger Norismo said...

Hi my name is Nora, and I know this comment shouldn't go here but I am a mexican graphic designer very fun of Design Matter podcast, what happen with it since I can not listen to it since june.

I appreciate an answer my e-mail

11/06/2007 11:26:00 PM  
Blogger Su said...

Weeeeell, not so much on the lack of a label. They proved their point(to a degree) with the digital release, but a lot of people are wondering if they're not also undermining it now. It was an interesting stunt, but I'm still waiting for someone to actually go through with what they initially made it look like. Trent Reznor's recently broken with his label, and seems the most likely candidate at the moment.

11/08/2007 01:40:00 PM  

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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