Lecture 2

Lecture 2- Vaughan Oliver

This week’s lecture is about Vaughan Oliver. Vaughan Oliver is a British Graphic Designer located in Epsom London and is known with the works in music and designing record covers for groups and artists such as the Pixies and the Cocteau Twins on the 4AD label. He has been in the design and music industry for over 30 years.

He started the lecture by talking about how music plays in his work and how it can change the mood of the listener. He talked to us about how music can change people’s lives. His reason for becoming a record selves designer was the ability to combine the two things he loved doing which was music and art. He said his favourite artist was Salvador Dali.

I wanted to research about Salvador Dali a bit because he sounds really interesting.  After doing some research these are the things I found out about him. According to http://www.duke.edu/web/lit132/dalibio.html  Salvador Dali was born in 1904 and was a Spanish painter, sculpture and graphic artist. One of his most famous acts was appearing in a diving suit at the opening of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936. Apart from painting, Dali’s output included sculpture, book illustration, jewellery design and acting.

Vaughan Oliver also talked about how he dislikes typography lessons in school and how he had to follow rules but he didn’t like rules and stuff restricting him from doing stuff. He wanted to be free and creative.

In the 1980’s he worked with his friend Ivo watts Russell who started to set up his own independent record label and Vaughan work as a freelance designer for three years before becoming full time. He designed logos and promotional materials.

The thing I liked about this lecture was that it made me open my eyes at thinking creatively. I want to make my own work and stand out from the others. I want to create my own logo and style.

  1. ? commentary on Vaughan Oliver….. (born 1957) is a British graphic designer based in Epsom, South of London. Oliver is most noted for his work with graphic design studios 23 Envelope and v23.[Both studios maintained a close relationship with record label 4AD between 1982 and 1998 and were to give distinct visual identities for the 4AD releases by many bands, including Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, The Breeders, This Mortal Coil, Pale Saints, Pixies, and Throwing Muses.




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