Buzzcocks band logo
How a design student created a wordmark that became an icon of UK punk. In memory of songwriter and singer Pete Shelley, 1955–2018.
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Thank you. Nice post.
Just an extra note on typography for the Orgasm Addict sleeve. All the type on the back cover (including the Rockwell assumed above to be Letraset) was handset by me in cold metal in the typography department of Manchester Polytechnic’s Graphic Design building, which in 1977 was in an annexe in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. (The building is now a hotel)
Great to hear from you personally!
Thanks for the extra info, it’s much appreciated. An interesting mix, in terms of production means! I’ve added a note to that caption. Is the other assumption correct; are the rounded sans-serif caps on the front cover based on a scribing device?
Yes, the lettering for ‘Orgasm Addict’ itself was done with drawing office lettering stencil and Rötring pen (probably 0.5mm).
Am I drunk, or did you tell me you had some inspiration from a shitty fashion ad?
For the poster, yes. The image is, as you note, culled from a tiny b/w advert in a newspaper for ‘one-legged tights’. I just ripped it out and enlarged it!
The montage by Linder uses source material from a ‘Men’s’ mag and a domestic appliances catalogue.