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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Design Matters Friday with the legendary Vaughan Oliver

The One and Only Amazing Vaughan Oliver
Design by Vaughan Oliver, Book of Inspiration for Coco De Mer, 2005

It is Friday again! That means that Design Matters is live at 3 PM ET. My guest today is the legendary Vaughan Oliver.

It is not possible to talk about graphic design of the last 20 years without acknowledging the contribution of Vaughan Oliver. Without a doubt, he is one of the most important graphic designers to come out of England in the last 20 years ad his influence can be seen far and wide.

Oliver set up the design company 23 envelope in the early 1980s and was rechristened v23 in 1988. Working with the label 4AD, Vaughan deeply influenced the discipline of record sleeve design working with musicians such as Ultra Vivid Scene, Frank Black, The Pixies, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Robert Fripp and many, many others.

HIs mythical work with David Sylvian is the closest pop music and art have ever been. Written by Rick Poynor, his 2001 monograph, Visceral Pleasures, explores the different phases of Oliver's career and show that at their most expressive and inventive, Oliver's graphic images embody his intense responses as listener as it plunges the viewer into a world of visceral sensation and pleasure. Oliver and v23 now have their offices in Wandsworth, South England, where Vaughan will be speaking with me today.

Design Matters airs live weekly on the Voice America Business Network, now the industry leader in Internet talk radio. The show was voted a "favorite podcast" on PSFK's Marketing Podcast survey and was recently voted 9th out of over 300 entries for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s People’s Choice Award. The show is also available as Podcasts on iTunes, where over 50,000 people download the show every month.

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And just so you have it--the rest of the Season Five line-up thus far:

February 15: Jonah Lehrer
February 22: Petrula Vrontikis
February 29: Stefan G. Bucher
March 7: Laurie Rosenwald
March 14: Jeffrey Zeldman
March 28: Abbott Miller
April 11: Robynne Raye
April 18: Michael Hodgson
April 25: Lawrence Weiner

Thank you for listening!


Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

That image makes me think differently about pesticides.

2/08/2008 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your interview. I only wish you would let Vaughan finish his thoughts/comments and not talk over him from time to time.

7/16/2008 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger debbie millman said...

Thanks for the feedback. The international phone line had a slight delay and unfortunately caused us to talk over each other a bit. Sorry about that.

7/16/2008 12:49:00 PM  

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Debbie Millman has worked in the design business for over 25 years. She is President of the design division at Sterling Brands. She has been there for nearly 15 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of global brands for Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, Campbell’s, Colgate, Nestle and Hasbro. Prior to Sterling, she was a Senior Vice President at Interbrand and a Marketing Director at Frankfurt Balkind. Debbie is President of the AIGA, the largest professional association for design. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine, a design writer at and Brand New and Chair of the Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting the first weekly radio talk show about design on the Internet. The show is titled “Design Matters with Debbie Millman” and it is now featured on In addition to “Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design,” (HOW Books, 2009, she is the author of "How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer" (Allworth Press, 2007) and “The Essential Principles of Graphic Design” (Rotovision, 2008).

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