Monday, February 6, 2012

Vaughan Oliver — Graphic designer

A few years ago, I discovered the work of Vaughan Oliver and graphic design company 23 Envelope. I was not aware at the time that this graphic designer had done design of many of my favorite 4AD albums covers of the 80's. Making cover art for Cocteau Twins, X-Mal Deutschland, This Mortal Coil, Bauhaus, Dead Can Dance and Clan of Xymox. I had always loved these album covers, without knowing that they come from the same place. Here's a little selection of Vaughan Oliver poster and album designs. If you want to see more I highly recommend this book.


  1. Vaughn Oliver has done a lot of great work, but my favourite record designer will always be Peter Saville, I think.

  2. I love Saville too. Oliver however has a more decorative approach to design.

    And its rare nowadays to see graphic designer doing decorative work.

  3. I've been an Oliver fan since he first started with 4AD. His sensibility---like that of the label back in the day---really resonates with me.

  4. I'm doing graphic design and recently ive been inspired by a lot of his works. Especially the choice of fonts, its different from what we are used to see.

    1. He definitely influenced a lot of graphic designers in the late eighties and early nineties.