Tea and Cake with Vaughan Oliver

Monday, 15 August 2016

On Monday I pootled down to Epsom to meet up with Vaughan Oliver. Vaughan is, frankly, a legend to many people, including me. His cover art and design work with 4AD in the 1980s and 90s is about as iconic as iconic can get. Shit, he was the man who created this classic album cover.

And this one.

This one also.

Anyway, my record collection is full of his work. Yours may well be too. So you can imagine how excited I am that he has agreed to design the cover and typography for Weightless Fireworks. Over tea and cake—he supplied the tea, I supplied the cake—we discussed ideas, concepts and approaches. Vaughan seems particularly attracted by the fact that the Unbound edition of this book, the one many of you reading this have pledged for, doesn't need silly things like a barcode. Or a title. Or my name on the front. We don't need to sell our edition in a shop so we can break lots of rules.

I cannot wait to see what he comes up with.

Here he is looking thoughtful and meditative with the remnants of our elevensies and just a hint of some of his sketched ideas on the pad in front of him.

And I am delighted to announce a brand new reward level. We will create ten, just ten, special prints of the book's cover art that will be numbered and signed by, most importantly, Vaughan, but also by me (sorry about that). If anyone who has already pledged for a lower level wants to upgrade to this new one then you can email support@unbound.com and that will be sorted out for you.

There was some talk at our meeting about possibly creating some sort of limited edition version of the book, too. But more on that if it happens.

Thanks again to everyone who has pledged so far. I really do appreciate it. I am busy writing the bloody thing now. Honest.

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