post14 ~ the 80’s

Posted: June 19, 2012 by natkiryk in Uncategorized

Neville Brody (born 23 April 1957 in London) is a graphic designer, typographer and art director. Over the last 30 years he has broken boundaries; influenced how we view messaging in many walks of life and his work will continue to provide inspiration for generations to come.
Brody designed many record covers in the 80’s.

Seven Songs by 23 Skidoo, 1982

Kurtis Blow, “Party Time” 12″ single Cover, Club Records (1985)

Diddy Wah Diddy by 8 Eyed Spy, 19808 Eyed Spy by 8 Eyed Spy, 1981

Initially working in record cover design, Brody’s first career success was as art director for the FACE magazine (1981-1987) where he established a name for himself through his use of experimental typographic design. The magazine was very popular in the 80s, it was called a “fashion bible” and set many of the trends of design which enjoyed success during the same time period, inspiring magazine designers and other designers worldwide.

❚ NEVILLE BRODY on art-directing the early Face “It was a big laboratory. The New Order cover was a picture of the lead singer, and it wasn’t that great, a bright blue background. I said to Nick (Nick Logan-Publisher of The Face) this picture was so shit and he said, Why don’t you crop it off the corner of the page? All you saw was the top left-hand corner of his face – immediately so commercial, and no other commercial magazine would have done anything like it. Great courage is what set his magazine apart.”

The Face, magazines, July 1983, New Order, Art on the Run

His prolific output also included a range of commissions involving digital typography, magazine design, postage stamp design, and television graphics. In 1988 Thames & Hudson published the first of two volumes about his work, which became the world’s best selling graphic design book. (all the album cover pics)

  1. kinnit says:

    Great post. I used to love TheFace, when I was a teen.

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