Spring 2019

Waste not

Vaughan Oliver: Archive

Editors: Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook Art direction: Tony Brook and Claudia Klat Unit Editions, £75

For many years Vaughan Oliver was the in-house designer for the 4AD record label, creating an enormous body of haunting, immediately recognisable music design. Artists and bands whose music was cloaked in Oliver’s astringent mix of image and type include the late Scott Walker, David Lynch, the Pixies, the Breeders and Lush (see Split poster and CD cover, 1994, above, with images by Richard Caldicott). Oliver’s collaborators included photographer Nigel Grierson (see Eye 37) and designer Chris Bigg.


Cover for Vaughan Oliver: Archive.

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John L. Walters, editor of Eye, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 98 vol. 25, 2019


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