As a young man, I didn't know much about graphic design. I still don't really, but I have learned over the years what I like and what I don't like. And I think that I began learning by looking at record sleeves. They were the bits of design that I pored over more than any other as a young 'un. Could spend hours looking at every little bit of an album cover.
A sleeve that bore a tDR design was always a treat. The first Nightmares On Wax album (above) sticks out in my mind, as do lots of late 80s/early 90s releases on Warp (all of the LFO stuff for starters). They were always interesting and clear, with a few hidden bits of magic where it was least expected. You actually looked forward to see what the next one would look like.
I saw Ian Anderson (founder) speak in London a few years ago and he seemed like an excellent man - full of ideas, fairly opinionated, a bit rude, but in a good way. There's more from him here. I was happy to read that he plans to revive tDR, as a place where great design is done. It would have been rubbish if an era-defining design house was wiped out just because they weren't that good at being an ad agency.