Young, not dumb: I quizzed my college students on the Songs Of Innocence cover

October 14, 2014 |  by  |  Design, Songs Of Innocence  |  No Comments

Pop Quiz: Songs Of InnocenceI was curious what non-fans and U2 laymen think of the album art for U2’s “Songs Of Innocence.” My fanatic knowledge of the band frustrates any attempt to read the cover objectively. I was interested to hear interpretations that didn’t rely on a context created by years of fanhood or by the band themselves (revealing that the two figures are Larry Mullen Jr. and his son).  I showed my college graphic design students (the ultimate detached-from-U2 focus group) the cover and asked what they thought the album was about and what might be the relationship of the two people in the image. U2 did not include their name or title on the cover, so I did not reveal either to the class. 

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