Collaboration With Passion
3 Cokers Lane, West Dulwich, London. This house was interesting because it was a topsy turvy design, and the bedrooms and bathroom were downstairs, and the huge living area was upstairs. When I suggested moving an internal wall the builder said come back in 20 minutes! He had taken the stud wall out and doubled the size of my lounge in an instant!
I had total control for the look of the product, which allowed me to commission illustration and photography!
I started to visit the Record Companies in London, and was always pleasantly received and usually got a brief for work!
At this stage I had to get Studio Space in the West end and Covent Garden, so I could be on hand to move quickly when urgent Artworks were needed!
This Herbie Hancock album was typical of the budget sleeves I was designing in the early 80’s. I was given a choice of transparencies to use, I would then order the headline setting from one company and the smaller text from another! Round about this time digital typesetters could offer quite large cap height type, but not the fancy typefaces which albums needed!
This sketch was made by my good friend Gary Cooke, a very talented designer and artist. He just sketched on the back of a postcard at the Portugese Airport, when we went on a short holiday in 1984.
I could have worked all night if I had wanted, such was the demand for my services.
Indeed I used to travel on the earliest morning public transport, and go home in a cab, really late, many times, and I would think nothing of working on a Sunday!
I was so busy I remember using motorbike messengers to pick up my lunch sometimes!
During my early years in Soho I had met a very talented A&R and marketing lady called Jacky Moini. Jacky worked for The Dick James Organisation, also known as DJM, and was responsible for many new recording acts.
This was around 1981 and she asked me to co-ordinate the DJM logo in relation to printed matters. I had to tidy up the look of the record labels and started with Sheila Walsh’s single, Burn On and also, Klaus Schulze’s album, Trancefer.
I designed 100’s of half page, or full page adverts for the music business. Sometimes the client would splash out, and I would be asked to use a second spot colour. This would be either cyan, or magenta, never yellow!
I also Designed a catalogue called the DJM TIMES in 1982. This featured Adrian Lee,Jasper Carrot, Elton John and Klaus Schulze.
The Catalogue also featured Signings on Luna Records, The Young And The Free (I designed and illustrated the scratch and sniff, 10” pink vinyl album), Vietnamese Rose, Stranger Comforts and Experiments With Ice.
Kamaflage Records was included, with Tank,Bernie Torme, Baron Rojo and Tytan.
As I recall, Jacky then moved to CBS Records in Soho Square, where she worked on the Epic label.
I worked with Jacky on Agnetha Faltskog, Nena, Meatloaf, Sade,The Jacksons, Ellen Foley from "Hair" the 1979 film, Terraplane and, as they say in the music business, and many, many more!