Following the untimely death of Vaughan Oliver in December, Unit Editions received a surge in orders for Vaughan Oliver: Archive, a book that sold out quickly during its original release.
Due to the many requests, and as a way of honouring Vaughan's life and work, Unit has decided to reprint a limited number of copies with a percentage of all sales donated to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at St George's Hospital, in acknowledgement of the care that Vaughan received.
The book will be republished as a single volume consisting of 'Materials and Fragments' (the original version included a second volume, 'Remnants and Desires'). Available at £59 with free worldwide delivery, you can now pre-order a copy.
A celebration of the Vaughan Oliver Archive, it's a treasure house of graphic delights housed at UCA Epsom. "Oliver is the designer who kept the stuff other designers threw away: proofs, running sheets, paper labels for vinyl records, original artwork for classic album covers, videotapes, books and the weird ephemera that was the source of inspiration for many of his most famous works," says Unit.
Arranged around a set of themes – colour, hybrid forms, typography, the body, and mystery – it also features a selection of his exquisitely designed press ads, most of them unseen since the day they were published in the music press.
Designed by Spin and written by Adrian Shaughnessy, the book features many previously unseen works, including extensive interviews with Oliver, and with contributions from Chris Bigg, his long-standing creative accomplice.
In a recent piece for Creative Review, Shaughnessy wrote: "Vaughan Oliver was one of a small group of British graphic designers who helped turn graphic design into an activity that many young people, for the first time in history, saw as a desirable occupation. Previously, people had mostly stumbled into graphic design by accident. But when Peter Saville, Neville Brody, Malcolm Garrett and Oliver became widely known (for the most part through their work for cult record labels), they imbued the idea of being a graphic designer with the glamour of being in a band."