OUR recent feature, Vinyl Essentials, left out something – cataloguing your records for easy access. No trifling matter – the LP takes up more space than any other audio format since the beginning of time, and once you’ve got dozens of them stacked on a shelf or crammed into a box, finding a specific one can be a tedious and frustrating process.
So if you’ve developed a passion for collecting vinyl in recent times, here’s a question you must be asking yourself by now – how to quickly find any one LP without having to rummage through a whole stack of them?
Well, Kate Koeppel Design, a studio based in San Francisco, has a smart-looking solution – handcrafted laser-cut typographic dividers for easy alphabetisation of your LP collection. The dividers are available in 12-inch and seven-inch sizes, different orientations (vertical or horizontal) and in three alphabet styles.
According to the website, Ms Koeppel and her collaborators “set out to find a beautiful solution to organise and display our growing vinyl record collection. After a lengthy search, we discovered only a few products existed – nearly all of them plastic, ugly, poorly made, or a combination of all three. In the summer of 2013, we set out to build a better organisational solution that would be both useful and aesthetically pleasing.
“After months of prototyping, collaboration with local craftsmen and materials research, Kate launched a collection of laser-cut alphabetical record dividers. Meticulously handcrafted, the collection combines a few of her favorite things: typography, vinyl records, and hyper-organisation.”
The photographs tell you the whole story. If you think these work for you, the record dividers can be ordered online via the site, although shipping outside of the US of A is limited.