Vaughan Oliver, the creator of the iconic look of legendary record label 4AD, has died at the age 0f 62.

One of the most influential graphic designers in the sphere of record cover design, over a period of some 30 years his style made 4AD releases instantly recognisable, and works of art in their own right.

Think of iconic covers for Pixies, The Breeders, Cocteau Twins, Throwing Muses, Dead Can Dance, Lush… and the list goes on.


The sad news came from a collaborator of Oliver’s in Adrian Shaughnessy:

All designers wish to make their mark upon the world, but few did it so completely as Vaughan Oliver. Vale.