I did say I certainly reacted to the Photoshop box cover, but I didn’t mention how I’d been wowed by the splash screen – you can see a relationship  between the two. So I enjoyed this article on how Adobe developed the CS6  branding:

We know that every release requires change and that the change will make some people unhappy. Like many of you, we are life-long users and fans of the tools, and we do our best to create something that we can be proud of, knowing full well that some people will not agree with our choices. Then again, if no one reacts negatively, it’s probably not very interesting.

Trivial, perhaps, and nowhere near as useful as being able to filter my layer palette down to  the pixel layers. But I still like to open Photoshop and find a carefully-designed welcome mat.