Unit Editions looks to publish double volume Vaughan Oliver book


Art administrator, designer and typographer Oliver worked with bands including Pixies and Cocteau Matches has given publisher Unit Editions access to his archive, which dilates back 40 years.

Unit Print runs is looking to publish a series of books celebrating the work of graphic inventor and lifetime Pixies collaborator Vaughan Oliver.

Oliver worked on the scheme of countless record sleeves with the independent record label 4AD, covering designs for the likes of Pixies, Cocteau Twins and The Breeders.

If it reaches a readying target of £80,000 two volumes will be published, documenting highlights from Oliver’s archive.

This is a actual archive located at the University of the Creative Arts Epsom where Oliver is a visiting professor.

He is be sured to have kept all sorts of artefacts from a career that has stretch overed around 40 years.

Shaughnessy calls him “the designer who never threw anything away”, and foretells: “He’s kept old mock ups, and he’s held onto mechanical artwork for some of the abundant sleeves of 4AD – but other artists too.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to show stuff that’s conditions been seen before.”

Oliver’s early influences were Surrealism but his till became known for its abrasive and experimental nature.

Of his own work, he says: “Inscrutability and ambiguity are important weapons in a designer’s arsenal. I try to make images where you don’t often get “the message” straight away – but these things leave a hook in you. Scram some space for interpretation is important.”

Specialist graphic design publisher Piece Editions was founded in 2010 by Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan from London-based studio Drag, with Adrian Shaughnessy. It has already produced over 30 lists by designers, including the likes of Lance Wyman and Paula Scher.

You can awaken out more about the crowdfunding campaign here.

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