Malcolm Garrett speaks about ground breaking DD artwork Mar 19, 2021 4:30:10 GMT -5 via mobile intravenus, americanfrog, and 7 more like this
Post by Skinburn on Mar 19, 2021 4:30:10 GMT -5
I've said it countless times here that Malcolm Garrett and his work with DD inspired me to become a graphic designer. His work even influenced my art during school, before I even knew what "graphic design" really was. But once I was in art college, I finally understood and concentrated on design as a career, and I have to say it was the perfect route for me. Everything I had done art-wise up to that point was really more geared towards design and I finally recognized that.
That interview was great. I can relate to his POV so well and how he viewed them as a client and as a product to sell. I particularly liked his story about his Buzzocks work and how other people would take what he did and tried to interpret it for other formats like posters and ads, and that pissed him off to the point that he insisted they handle everything with the name "Buzzocks" on it! It shows that he cared about what he did and was invested in his work and didn't want to see it bastardized by other people.
It's interesting to find out that the band had minimal input in the first album, and that it gradually grew from from album to album. I love all of them, even if it might not be something I would personally do in my own work. I can understand some might feel some of it is too plain or too busy, etc. But that could partially be a reflection of the time when those pieces were created. But as a whole I think you still get the "feel" they were going for: something sleek and futuristic for the first album. Something more glamorous and jet-setting for Rio. Something more exotic and cryptic for 7, etc. My particular style is more like the first album and Greatest, more clean and typography-based. Although I have a special fondness for the layering and enigmatic style of 7 and Arcadia, and some of the Arena stuff.
He's truly a hero of mine.
I’m envious of you. Really. It’s very rare for me to sit back and ponder how to reply to a post such as yours and it’s taken a thread ‘bump up’ from Negative to get my act together and reply! Lol
Credit where credit’s due. I don’t dish out compliments freely but your story of influence is one of inspiration in itself.
I was 25 when I was nearly killed in a motorcycle accident at the back end of 1992. I had scrambled brains for a while afterwards due to my crash helmet slipping off my head before impact. I suffered depression and I wasn’t in a good place - neither were my family because of me.
After my period in intensive care I went home and was laid up in bed for a couple of months, not wanting to socialise with anybody. That was until I heard the first play of Ordinary World on the radio alarm clock by my bedside.
I don’t recall very much about that dark time. Ten years of my memory had been erased. I didn’t even know who my wife and young son was. I think it’s the brain’s way of protecting us. Probably not - I think my brain was fucked at the time! Lol
Anyway that’s pretty much how The Notorious Duranzine started it’s life. It’s the reason why I hold The Wedding Album in such high esteem - I needed it to kick start my life and so I returned to college as a ‘mature’ student and studied journalism, media and radio competences. I passed the exams with flying colours (thanks to Simon Le Bon for the radio part) and I tried to get into higher education in Portsmouth. To cut a long story short I was not a graduate and didn't have the GCSE grades for entry. Then when you’re no longer in that bubble where students help each other and tutors provide encouragement, the motivation and support is gone. Additionally, journalism is a very cut throat industry and extremely hard to get into. These days you start by blogging - but you need to be notorious for people to want to read your blogs!
So, while I didn’t quite make it to the level of Piers Morgan in career terms, I did get my life back. I think they call it a ‘triumph over adversity’? Kind of anyway.
But anyway, I just wanted to say congratulations for your success in doing what YOU want to do and thanks for sharing.