Vaughan Oliver

Vaughan Oliver ( born in 1957 in County Durham, England ) is an English graphic designer.

From 1976-1979 Oliver studied at the Polytechnic School in Newcastle -upon- Tyne graphic design. 1980 he moved to London, where he worked until a year later at Benchmark and two years with Michael Peters and Partners as a graphic designer. Even while working for Michael Peters, he met Ivo Watts - Russell, the founder of independent record label 4AD know. At first he worked as a freelancer for 4AD and created so fundamental corporate identity and artwork for the label with unusual music. From 1983, Oliver was the first employee of Ivo Watts - Russell. From this connection created a whole series of plates and CD covers, posters and other groundbreaking graphic design work, which influenced many young graphic designer in the following years and until today.

Between 1980 and 1986, Oliver worked with Nigel Grierson, a former student of photography and film at the Royal College of Art under the name 23 Envelope they created the cover artwork of the groups Modern English, Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. As a solo projects Olivers XmaI Germany, Colourbox and Clan of Xymox are mentioned. Our cooperation with Grierson ended in 1986. From this point of design graduate Chris Bigg joined the design studio at 23 envelope. Also, this cooperation has been fruitful and produced many exciting designs.

1988 Oliver retired from permanent employment and began working as a freelancer and changed the name of the design studio to in v23. This meant, however, in no way that will work for 4AD was abandoned; the record label gave him rather the main motivation for his fruitful design work. Changing the status Freelancer brought Oliver rather the opportunity outside of 4AD to work for various clients. In the music sector, he worked for David Sylvian, The Psychedelic Furs and Venture Records. He realized the " dream - diary - project" for the Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake and Kyoto Shoin Publishers, created the corporate design for various television programs and channels like Documania for the Spanish Canal Plus or trailer for BBC 's Gimme Eight and Snub TV. He also designed posters for the Young Vic Theatre and Angelin Preljocaj the choreographer, the magazine design for Raygun Publishing and various book covers.


  • Lewis Blackwell; 20th Century Type, Laurence King Publishing, London 1992
  • Debrett 's People of Today, Debrett 's, London 1991
  • Rick Poynor, Exhibition / Exposure catalog, CRDC, Nantes 1990/1991
  • Rick Poynor, Typography now, Internos Books, London 1991
  • Rick Poynor, The Graphic Edge, Booth-Clibborn Editions, London 1991
  • Anonymous, Musigraphics, PIE Books, Tokyo 1991
  • Spencer Drate, Design for Music, PBC International, Inc., New York 1992
  • Alan & Isabella Livingston, Encyclopedia of Graphic Design and Designers
  • Vaughan Oliver, Roger Dean, Storm Thorgerson, album cover album 6, Paper Tiger, England 1992
  • Anonymous, The Graphic Beat: London / Tokyo ( vol. 2), PIE Books, Tokyo 1992
  • Rick Poynor, Visceral Pleasures, Booth-Clibborn Editions, London 2000
  • VAUGHAN OLIVER and v23 POSTER DESIGNS, v23 publishing, London 2005