British graphic designer, Vaughan Oliver, dead at 62

British graphic designer, Vaughan Oliver, dead at 62

Vaughan Oliver, the graphic designer whose artwork was synonymous with british independent record label 4AD and its corner of alternative rock, has died at the age of 62.

After studying in Newcastle, Oliver moved to London in the 1970s to work in packaging design.

After a chance meeting with 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell, Oliver became the label’s lone full-time employee in 1983. His distinctive album covers, sometimes abrasive or experimental, others darkly alluring.

His signature output includes beloved covers for the Cocteau Twins, the Breeders, This Mortal Coil, Lush, and many more.