Recently I went to an exhibition at Chelsea space at Chelsea College of Art & Design, the exhibition's called 'Process: The working practices of Barney Bubbles' (14 Sept-23 Oct 2010). Bubbles (1942-1983) was one of the giants of graphic design. He is best known for his distinctive contribution to the graphic design associated with the British independent music scene during the 1970s and early 1980s.
English rock band Hawkwind was one of the richest associations Bubbles formed with in his career. Above is one of his most famous pieces of work-the cover he designed for Hawkwind's 1973 album Space Ritual. This work was heavily reliant on Art Nouveau.
When Barney Bubbles was the inhouse designer at Stiff Records in the punk era, he produced what are some of his most memorable covers. In particular, the Ian Dury album Do It Yourself in which Bubbles made excellent use of wallpaper samples which tied in nicely with the album title. My favourite piece of Bubbles's work is the logo for the Blockheads, because it's square head is simple and funny. Another famous graphic designer of that time, Peter Saville says "Barney Bubbles is the missing link between Pop and Culture".
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