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Jake Bugg

We were approached by Jake Bugg and his management to create a sleeve and a visual campaign for his third album (which was eventually titled On My One). His two previous (and hugely successful) albums had featured photos of the man himself, but this time he wanted to give the album an image of its own – one that featured art – and that became our starting point. It’s been a great pleasure working with one of the most affable, laid-back and talented music artists of recent times. The sleeves we have arrived at as a result of our collaboration with Jake and the artist we introduced him too have made increasing sense the more we have gotten to know him. While Jake himself keeps his head down and gets on with his preferred occupation of playing music, the sleeves do the screaming on his behalf, and it’s gratifying to see a campaign unfold that surprises those familiar with Jake and his music and slaps them around the face in the process. We’ve extended the vibrant spontaneous look of On My One into print and online marketing, merchandise, live show design and premium packaging for the collector’s box set, which also includes artprints of Nathan Pendlebury’s original paintings. We’ve loved being involved in this work and are also looking forward to the publication of a lavish coffee table book of Kevin Westenberg’s photographs of Jake, which we have also designed.

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The Outside Organisation

The Outside Organisation has been at the forefront of public relations in the UK since the 1970’s, and counts among its long-term clients David Bowie, AEG (Wembley Arena), David Beckham and Channel 4’s Big Brother TV programme. When looking for a re-brand and a new website they turned to Stylorouge. The new branding adapted the company’s well established and respected marque and corporate colour, but added some sophisticted glitz and made it more compatible to the online world that prevails in today's PR industry..

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Pink Floyd

We started working for Pink Floyd at the invitation of Storm Thorgerson, the band’s long term friend and collaborator, and founder member of the amazing Hipgnosis creative team. We worked alongside him on the 20th anniversary re-packaging of the seminal Dark Side Of The Moon album, and followed that with a major book and box set project, Shine On. The wealth of experience of working with the force of nature that was Storm, was immeasurable; creative, often confrontational, but ultimately joyous. We were lucky that the process introduced us to David Gilmour, (whose solo work has provided us with TV advertising and animation work, and production of a live concert shoot at London’s Royal Festival Hall), and to Aubrey ‘Po' Powell, who has taken over the role of Pink Floyd’s creative director since Storm’s untimely death.

In 2014, the band released what is to be their last ever studio album, and Stylorouge were asked to create the artwork for the packaging and marketing campaign, which was based on a creative concept by young Egyptian artist Ahmed Emad Eldin.

We continue to work on aspects of the creative campaign work for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour.

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Imelda May

The rockabilly queen from The Liberties in Dublin has become a global phenomenon, winning new fans wherever she appears. Her third album, Tribal was the second to be packaged by Stylorouge, and has sold xxx copies more than both of her previous albums together.

During the four years we’ve been working for Imelda, we’ve also created a host of singles bags, merchandise, two EPK’s, and three live concert shoots, one of which became a pop promo. Rob O’Connor has art directed two major location shoots with Imelda, with Chris Clor and Barry McCall respectively, and has done a shoot of his own, at London’s Ace Cafe, where two behind-the-scenes video clips were also shot by Stylorouge as part of the Tribal marketing campaign.

She is without doubt an amazing talent and one of the favourite music artists we’ve ever worked with.

Her guitarist/husband Darrel Higham has a side project – KatMen – with former Stray Cat, Slim Jim Phantom, and drummer Steve Rushton has a similar extra-curricular big-band activity in Rare Orchid, which features vocalist Louise Cookman. Stylorouge have designed sleeves for both of these projects with Rob O’Connor taking the photographs.

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Squeeze

Incredibly Stylorouge and Squeeze have worked together for 30 years, since we packaged their Laurie Latham produced album Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti. Ever since then we have been involved in various aspects of the band’s collective and solo projects.

Our understanding of Squeeze’s needs and ‘brand values’ is acute… we have designed album sleeves for the band, their founder members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, merchandise and tour publicity, directed promo videos, and are currently creating a new website for launch in late 2015. Some of the record sleeves we have deisgned for this British institution are among our favourites.

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The Corrs

The Corrs have announced that they will play London’s Hyde Park later in 2015, the first live dates by the band for some 10 years. Stylorouge have worked with them on their band and solo projects since 2004, producing photo shoots, sleeve designs, and TV commercials, and directing a full length Ciaran Tanham filmed documentary, All The Way Home. We also directed and filmed a live show by the band – The Corrs Live In Geneva – and have produced the website and extended epk/mini documentary clips to promote Sharon Corr’s first solo album Dreams and a live acoustic performance film for Andrea Corr’s Ten Feet High.

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DIME

The founders of one of the UK’s most successful ‘rock school’ universities, BIMM, took the bold step to open a similar project in America’s most regenerative city, Detroit, in 2014, and continuing our 15 year relationship with the directors we undertook the branding of both DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) and their worldwide online eductional facility DIME ONLINE. This involved a period of research and a presentation of logo and marketing campaign proposals that resulted in a site visit to the building development in Downtown Detroit and a photoshoot of a number of the first ever cohort of DIME students by our creative director Rob O’Connor, which were then crafted into iconic posters by Mark Higenbottam.

The logo itself combines the industrial impact of the USA’s motor city with the creative vibrancy of the young musicians populating the new campus and the immediacy of online tuition.

DIME represents a unique new direction in further education and we are delighted to be a part of it.

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Dime Logo

Centenary

This project stands apart from the impressive body of other work produced by British folk/roots Show Of Hands, as it commemorates the greatest conflict in Britain's history. To compile a collection of music and poetry of the time, and sell it commercially without falling into the trap of appearing crass or exploitative meant handling the whole affair with dignity and great sensitivity. Steve Knightley’s musical arrangements, and readings by British theatrical giants Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton meant that the content was both sincere and poignant – it became Stylorouge’s responsibilty to package and market the collection with similar integrity. From the design proposals we put forward, a very graphic solution was preferred, which lent itself to a TV commercial proposal that we had presented alongside. A shoot of a single actor adorned with authentic First World War uniform configurations was composited in post to create the troop of trudging embattled solders that featured on the album sleeve. To promote the key track from the album Lads In Their Hundred, we created a lyric video that adopted the typographic style of the early 20th century, marrying the words with powerful documentary footage of the conflict, contrasting with rural British life of the same era. As usual, the campaign extended into online banners, with an ever-increasing rich media requirement.

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Blur

Twenty Five years ago we were asked by Food Records boss Dave Balfe to see his new band Blur playing at a college gig, where the four members paraded themselves in a confusing but engaging melange of post-punk swagger and floppy-haired baggy sensibility, with the lead singer adding a dangerously unshoegazey propensity for climbing over speaker cabinets and lighting trusses, seemingly intent on self destruction. The brief to us was to distill whatever this band embodied into a logo. At this point I should say that Mr. Balfe has an insatiably demanding character – many months of creative deliberation, toying with pop art, psychedelia and photocopied punk design experimentation ended when we finally came to the conclusion that what the band needed was to be presented in a (probably ironic) way like more of a user-friendly household product rather than the coolest band in town. The logo beget the first album sleeve and so on. Stylorouge designed the first four Blur album sleeves and accompanying singles packaging and tour publicity, as well as a generous amount of special releases for foreign territories. We include them in our work showcase herewith due to the more recent work we have done for their reunion gigs and associated merchandise. The years immediately following Blur’s emergence brought a huge amount of Britpop interest to Stylorouge, and for that we shall remain eternally grateful…

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Morrissey

A great opportunity and privilege to be creatively involved with one of the key players in the history of British popular music. From 2006, We started working for Morrissey when Ringleader of The Tormentors was released in 2006, and went on to produce further cover artwork for his subsequent album releases, Greatest Hits and Years Of Refusal, along with singles, tour posters and ranges of merchandise

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Morrissey Years Of Refusal
Morrissey Greatest Hits Poster

Island Record 50th Anniversary

Island Records started life as a truly independent record company, with a pioneering, often maverick approach to business – championing genuine musical talent and ploughing it’s own furrow in terms of marketing. Steered since it’s inception in 1959 by the hand of the youthful entrepreneur Chris Blackwell, It launched the careers of hundreds of major musical talents during it’s first 50 years, and to celebrate Universal Music, (who now own the Island Records brand and most of the back catalogue) celebrated in style with a series of concerts by artists whose experience spanned the decades, an exhibition of photography and artwork, and a lavish 200 page hardback book edited by renowned music journalist Chris Salewicz. Stylorouge were appointed to direct the visual campaign for the anniversary assets, with each part being given it’s own unique visual approach, but the whole being united by Island’s trademark celebratory use of colour.

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McFly

We started working with McFly in 2009, when we were asked to create a visual campaign for their new album, which was released in November 2010. Little did we know at the time that this would result in an almighty project; the invention of a completely new online band experience in the form of McFly’s ‘supercity’ website, a suite of video clips to announce the site and complement the band’s various TV appearances during the year, and a sleeve campaign that involved art direction, production and post-production of a series of pastiche super-hero movie poster images, with top Hollywood photographer Nels Israelson. Working closely with the band, Island Records and their management company we set up a two day photoshoot, partly on location in the hidden corridors and engine rooms of London’s Southbank Centre and a one-day green screen shoot to capture the action imagery of the band members we needed to create the would-be movie posters. For the website, we combined with our strategic web partners, The Unit, and set about designing our own island, which was to act as the virtual headquarters of the super-hero McFly (eat your heart out Slarty Bartfast…) SuperCity was the first subscription-based website of it’s kind for a British band and it was a phenomenal success, attracting over 15,000 subscribers and generating £460K in two days. It’s generous topical use of video content set a new level in user experience for a website of this type. Stylorouge are still working with McFly and following the success of the band's recent ‘McBusted’ collaboration there is another McFly album in the pipeline.

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MCFLY-Royal Albert Hall

The Cornbury Festival

We were approached by Hugh Phillimore, the founder of the Cornbury Festival back in 2010, to freshen up the branding of the Cornbury Festival, the self-confessed “complete summer weekend”, then in it’s xth year. The beautiful, idyllic bucolic English setting and the promoter's commitment to tradition and to being the ultimate family-friendly music festival gave us a lot to work with. Since undertaking the project we have produced print and online advertising, posters, billboards, signage and merchandise for the festival, seeing it grow from xxx to xxx over the past 5 years. In the process we’ve enjoyed year-on-year visits to the festival itself, where we’re able to see the fruits of our labour as well as hatching plans for how to move the visual campaign forward into the next year…

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Livan

A truly independent musical artist, with a hard rock sound and punk sensibilities, Livan was a late starter as a professional musician, but despite this he has re-located to Los Angeles in recent years from Ladbroke Grove to be able to tour the USA with astonishing success, supporting such rock luminaries as Alice Cooper and Slipknot. What he required from us was a complete visual package – photography, a logo, album and single packaging and a website. With constant direct access to Livan himself, and without the distractive influences of management or record company we were able to indulge both ours and his creative instincts, formulating a visual story that worked across all media.

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Bob Marley

We have been lucky to have worked on projects for some of the biggest names in pop music history, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Michael… but none could be considered more historically iconic than Bob Marley. He tragically died too young, in May 1981, the very same month that Stylorouge was founded. On many occasions since then we have been entrusted with official Bob Marley projects mainly by his record company, Island Records. The first major collection of Marley’s work was an 11 vinyl album boxed set of his studio and live recordings, and Stylorouge were appointed to design the packaging and advertising for this now highly collectible volume. Since then we have packaged a Best Of album, several singles sleeves, a four CD compilation book set, a 30th anniversary hard book book edition of the classic Exodus album, designed a poster for the movie Time To Tell, and a soundtrack album sleeve for the ultimate Marley biopic simply titled ‘Marley’. We have also produced two TV commercials and worked closely with one of Bob Marley’s best know official photographers Adrian Boot in the ‘re-mastering’ of his photographs. It has been a great privilege to be associated with such a legendary figure.

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Crowded House

The first Crowded House ‘Greatest Hits’ album, Recurring Dream – The Very Best of was released in 1996 with a sleeve design that combined bass-playing founder band member Nick Seymour’s curious painting with Stylorouge graphics. It was the beginning of a long standing relationship with the band, which has resulted in us designing a dozen sleeves for them since, along with DVD packaging, animated DVD menus, TV commercials and a promo video (filmed on a charity shop super 8 camera!) for the track Everything is Good For You. In recent years the band’s Neil Finn has been recording with a number of other musicians and we were asked to create packaging for his Seven Worlds Collide album/DVD project which included performances by Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy among others. Their major career-spanning compilation The Very Very Best Of was released in four separate formats, each one with a seasonal twist on the front cover illustration.

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Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman Stylorouge’s relationship with Sarah Brightman, the world’s biggest selling soprano, dates back over 20 years, when she started to make waves as an almost uncategorisable solo artist, recording a string of themed 'cross-over’ album projects following her world famous run as the female lead in Phantom of The Opera. Since then we have branded and created visual campaigns for 15 album projects for Sarah, and produced two websites and several video clips, including promos for her singles Angel and One Day Like This, and documentary clips to promote her various World tours and DVD releases as well as her bid to travel into space. Working closely with Sarah, each project presents it’s own unique creative challenges, from ground-breaking merchandise initiatives to global print management. At the time of writing she is in the middle of the Far-East leg of yet another World tour and making plans for the next two years – long may our relationship with Sarah continue.

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Island Outpost

Island Outpost is a very special company in many ways. It has a portfolio of uniquely individual Jamaican resorts, all owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. In 2014, it was decided to execute a re-appraisal of the branding of each of the five properties, one of which – the jewel in the crown of the group – is The Fleming Villa, one time home of novelist Ian Fleming, creator of the world’s most famous secret agent James Bond. At the other end of the spectrum is the Caves, a funky, colourful village-style resort set into the hillside of Negril that is popular with a younger set, predominantly arriving from the USA – water-sports enthusiasts, honeymooners and all-round party people. Island Outpost needed each location to have it’s own special identity rather than be branded as part of a faceless corporate looking chain. It also needed to start the process of overhauling their respective websites. Stylorouge set out to assess the individual personalities of the resorts and then put forward an initial report and research document, from which a final brief was created in conjunction with the client. Careful budgeting and scheduling was stringently followed during the first stages of the project, and with implementation of the new brands still ongoing during the progressive refurbishment of two of the resorts, the roll-out of the new brands has begun in earnest with a new Stylorouge-designed and built website now online for the Fleming Villa, and stationery items for the first three of the resorts currently being updated.

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Show of Hands

We are proud of our long-term relationships with clients and artists alike, especially when we can genuinely call them friends and have watched their careers develop alongside our own. Show Of Hands are now legends in the UK folk/roots scene and we are privileged to have been involved in many aspects of their ascendence. From creating hand-printed covers for their first home-produced cassettes for sale at gigs to a (feature-length!) documentary, Stairway To Devon,  and a host of album sleeves, photo-shoots and promo videos. Their patronage and close association and understanding of our working methods has resulted in the creation of some of our favourite work.

This year, they are nominated again in the annual BBC Folk Awards, on this occasion for best album (for The Long Way Home), for which we designed and photographed the album sleeve. Apart from showcasing our work for them here, we whole-hearted recommend checking them out live – the most amazing musicianship, stagecraft and humour you’ll find anywhere on six legs.

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Jamie Cullum

Momentum was the first album release by Jamie on Island Records, and Stylorouge were selected to work with him on the sleeve design for the project. Originally titled Everything You Didn’t Do, the preferred concepts for the cover were based on depicting the title as an ‘in situ’ art installation, and when the title became Momentum, the concept stuck, despite the slightly less apt visual approach. An oversized portrait of Jamie from a shoot by Mary McCartney was added to the set-up, and Stylorouge director Rob O’Connor photographed the installation in various guises in readiness for the packaging and marketing. The resurgent interest in vinyl meant that we now have the pleasure of seeing some of our work in all the glory that music lovers took for granted back in the day…

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Blue Touch Paper

Blue Touch Paper is the brainchild of Colin Towns (soundtrack composer, jazz pianist, rock composer, orchestra leader – a genuine musical polymath!). Now two albums into their occasional career as a touring band, this Jazz/rock supergroup needed a vibrant intriguing media launch as well as strong visual packaging that presented the independently well-known participants. Colin chose a montaged portriat concept and presented us with an hour or two of video rushes from his regular trips around Europe. The theme he wanted to pursue was collaboration across the miles – a network of journeys both physical and musical. We created a website for the band, and two versions of ashore film documenting the way the band came together, most importantly it needed to act as a fascinating visual accompaniment to the all important music featured throughout.

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Jake Bugg

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The Outside Organisation

The Outside Organisation has been at the forefront of public relations in the UK since the 1970’s, and counts among its long-term clients David Bowie, AEG (Wembley Arena), David Beckham and Channel 4’s Big Brother TV programme. When looking for a re-brand and a new website they turned to Stylorouge. The new branding adapted the company’s well established and respected marque and corporate colour, but added some sophisticted glitz and made it more compatible to the online world that prevails in today's PR industry..

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Pink Floyd

We started working for Pink Floyd at the invitation of Storm Thorgerson, the band’s long term friend and collaborator, and founder member of the amazing Hipgnosis creative team. We worked alongside him on the 20th anniversary re-packaging of the seminal Dark Side Of The Moon album, and followed that with a major book and box set project, Shine On. The wealth of experience of working with the force of nature that was Storm, was immeasurable; creative, often confrontational, but ultimately joyous. We were lucky that the process introduced us to David Gilmour, (whose solo work has provided us with TV advertising and animation work, and production of a live concert shoot at London’s Royal Festival Hall), and to Aubrey ‘Po' Powell, who has taken over the role of Pink Floyd’s creative director since Storm’s untimely death.

In 2014, the band released what is to be their last ever studio album, and Stylorouge were asked to create the artwork for the packaging and marketing campaign, which was based on a creative concept by young Egyptian artist Ahmed Emad Eldin.

We continue to work on aspects of the creative campaign work for Pink Floyd and David Gilmour.

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Imelda May

The rockabilly queen from The Liberties in Dublin has become a global phenomenon, winning new fans wherever she appears. Her third album, Tribal was the second to be packaged by Stylorouge, and has sold xxx copies more than both of her previous albums together.

During the four years we’ve been working for Imelda, we’ve also created a host of singles bags, merchandise, two EPK’s, and three live concert shoots, one of which became a pop promo. Rob O’Connor has art directed two major location shoots with Imelda, with Chris Clor and Barry McCall respectively, and has done a shoot of his own, at London’s Ace Cafe, where two behind-the-scenes video clips were also shot by Stylorouge as part of the Tribal marketing campaign.

She is without doubt an amazing talent and one of the favourite music artists we’ve ever worked with.

Her guitarist/husband Darrel Higham has a side project – KatMen – with former Stray Cat, Slim Jim Phantom, and drummer Steve Rushton has a similar extra-curricular big-band activity in Rare Orchid, which features vocalist Louise Cookman. Stylorouge have designed sleeves for both of these projects with Rob O’Connor taking the photographs.

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Squeeze

Incredibly Stylorouge and Squeeze have worked together for 30 years, since we packaged their Laurie Latham produced album Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti. Ever since then we have been involved in various aspects of the band’s collective and solo projects.

Our understanding of Squeeze’s needs and ‘brand values’ is acute… we have designed album sleeves for the band, their founder members Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, merchandise and tour publicity, directed promo videos, and are currently creating a new website for launch in late 2015. Some of the record sleeves we have deisgned for this British institution are among our favourites.

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The Corrs

The Corrs have announced that they will play London’s Hyde Park later in 2015, the first live dates by the band for some 10 years. Stylorouge have worked with them on their band and solo projects since 2004, producing photo shoots, sleeve designs, and TV commercials, and directing a full length Ciaran Tanham filmed documentary, All The Way Home. We also directed and filmed a live show by the band – The Corrs Live In Geneva – and have produced the website and extended epk/mini documentary clips to promote Sharon Corr’s first solo album Dreams and a live acoustic performance film for Andrea Corr’s Ten Feet High.

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DIME

The founders of one of the UK’s most successful ‘rock school’ universities, BIMM, took the bold step to open a similar project in America’s most regenerative city, Detroit, in 2014, and continuing our 15 year relationship with the directors we undertook the branding of both DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education) and their worldwide online eductional facility DIME ONLINE. This involved a period of research and a presentation of logo and marketing campaign proposals that resulted in a site visit to the building development in Downtown Detroit and a photoshoot of a number of the first ever cohort of DIME students by our creative director Rob O’Connor, which were then crafted into iconic posters by Mark Higenbottam.

The logo itself combines the industrial impact of the USA’s motor city with the creative vibrancy of the young musicians populating the new campus and the immediacy of online tuition.

DIME represents a unique new direction in further education and we are delighted to be a part of it.

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Dime Logo

Centenary

This project stands apart from the impressive body of other work produced by British folk/roots Show Of Hands, as it commemorates the greatest conflict in Britain's history. To compile a collection of music and poetry of the time, and sell it commercially without falling into the trap of appearing crass or exploitative meant handling the whole affair with dignity and great sensitivity. Steve Knightley’s musical arrangements, and readings by British theatrical giants Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton meant that the content was both sincere and poignant – it became Stylorouge’s responsibilty to package and market the collection with similar integrity. From the design proposals we put forward, a very graphic solution was preferred, which lent itself to a TV commercial proposal that we had presented alongside. A shoot of a single actor adorned with authentic First World War uniform configurations was composited in post to create the troop of trudging embattled solders that featured on the album sleeve. To promote the key track from the album Lads In Their Hundred, we created a lyric video that adopted the typographic style of the early 20th century, marrying the words with powerful documentary footage of the conflict, contrasting with rural British life of the same era. As usual, the campaign extended into online banners, with an ever-increasing rich media requirement.

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Centenary

This project stands apart from the impressive body of other work produced by British folk/roots Show Of Hands, as it commemorates the greatest conflict in Britain's history. To compile a collection of music and poetry of the time, and sell it commercially without falling into the trap of appearing crass or exploitative meant handling the whole affair with dignity and great sensitivity. Steve Knightley’s musical arrangements, and readings by British theatrical giants Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton meant that the content was both sincere and poignant – it became Stylorouge’s responsibilty to package and market the collection with similar integrity. From the design proposals we put forward, a very graphic solution was preferred, which lent itself to a TV commercial proposal that we had presented alongside. A shoot of a single actor adorned with authentic First World War uniform configurations was composited in post to create the troop of trudging embattled solders that featured on the album sleeve. To promote the key track from the album Lads In Their Hundred, we created a lyric video that adopted the typographic style of the early 20th century, marrying the words with powerful documentary footage of the conflict, contrasting with rural British life of the same era. As usual, the campaign extended into online banners, with an ever-increasing rich media requirement.

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Morrissey

A great opportunity and privilege to be creatively involved with one of the key players in the history of British popular music. From 2006, We started working for Morrissey when Ringleader of The Tormentors was released in 2006, and went on to produce further cover artwork for his subsequent album releases, Greatest Hits and Years Of Refusal, along with singles, tour posters and ranges of merchandise

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Morrissey Years Of Refusal
Morrissey Greatest Hits Poster

Island Record 50th Anniversary

Island Records started life as a truly independent record company, with a pioneering, often maverick approach to business – championing genuine musical talent and ploughing it’s own furrow in terms of marketing. Steered since it’s inception in 1959 by the hand of the youthful entrepreneur Chris Blackwell, It launched the careers of hundreds of major musical talents during it’s first 50 years, and to celebrate Universal Music, (who now own the Island Records brand and most of the back catalogue) celebrated in style with a series of concerts by artists whose experience spanned the decades, an exhibition of photography and artwork, and a lavish 200 page hardback book edited by renowned music journalist Chris Salewicz. Stylorouge were appointed to direct the visual campaign for the anniversary assets, with each part being given it’s own unique visual approach, but the whole being united by Island’s trademark celebratory use of colour.

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McFly

We started working with McFly in 2009, when we were asked to create a visual campaign for their new album, which was released in November 2010. Little did we know at the time that this would result in an almighty project; the invention of a completely new online band experience in the form of McFly’s ‘supercity’ website, a suite of video clips to announce the site and complement the band’s various TV appearances during the year, and a sleeve campaign that involved art direction, production and post-production of a series of pastiche super-hero movie poster images, with top Hollywood photographer Nels Israelson. Working closely with the band, Island Records and their management company we set up a two day photoshoot, partly on location in the hidden corridors and engine rooms of London’s Southbank Centre and a one-day green screen shoot to capture the action imagery of the band members we needed to create the would-be movie posters. For the website, we combined with our strategic web partners, The Unit, and set about designing our own island, which was to act as the virtual headquarters of the super-hero McFly (eat your heart out Slarty Bartfast…) SuperCity was the first subscription-based website of it’s kind for a British band and it was a phenomenal success, attracting xxxx subscribers and generating £xxxxx in it’s first xxxx months. It’s generous topical use of video content set a new level in user experience for a website of this type. Stylorouge are still working with McFly and following the success of the band's recent ‘McBusted’ collaboration there is another McFly album in the pipeline.

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Above The Noise

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The Cornbury Festival

We were approached by Hugh Phillimore, the founder of the Cornbury Festival back in 2010, to freshen up the branding of the Cornbury Festival, the self-confessed “complete summer weekend”, then in it’s xth year. The beautiful, idyllic bucolic English setting and the promoter's commitment to tradition and to being the ultimate family-friendly music festival gave us a lot to work with. Since undertaking the project we have produced print and online advertising, posters, billboards, signage and merchandise for the festival, seeing it grow from xxx to xxx over the past 5 years. In the process we’ve enjoyed year-on-year visits to the festival itself, where we’re able to see the fruits of our labour as well as hatching plans for how to move the visual campaign forward into the next year…

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Livan

A truly independent musical artist, with a hard rock sound and punk sensibilities, Livan was a late starter as a professional musician, but despite this he has re-located to Los Angeles in recent years from Ladbroke Grove to be able to tour the USA with astonishing success, supporting such rock luminaries as Alice Cooper and Slipknot. What he required from us was a complete visual package – photography, a logo, album and single packaging and a website. With constant direct access to Livan himself, and without the distractive influences of management or record company we were able to indulge both ours and his creative instincts, formulating a visual story that worked across all media.

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Bob Marley

We have been lucky to have worked on projects for some of the biggest names in pop music history, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Michael… but none could be considered more historically iconic than Bob Marley. He tragically died too young, in May 1981, the very same month that Stylorouge was founded. On many occasions since then we have been entrusted with official Bob Marley projects mainly by his record company, Island Records. The first major collection of Marley’s work was an 11 vinyl album boxed set of his studio and live recordings, and Stylorouge were appointed to design the packaging and advertising for this now highly collectible volume. Since then we have packaged a Best Of album, several singles sleeves, a four CD compilation book set, a 30th anniversary hard book book edition of the classic Exodus album, designed a poster for the movie Time To Tell, and a soundtrack album sleeve for the ultimate Marley biopic simply titled ‘Marley’. We have also produced two TV commercials and worked closely with one of Bob Marley’s best know official photographers Adrian Boot in the ‘re-mastering’ of his photographs. It has been a great privilege to be associated with such a legendary figure.

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Crowded House

The first Crowded House ‘Greatest Hits’ album, Recurring Dream – The Very Best of was released in 1996 with a sleeve design that combined bass-playing founder band member Nick Seymour’s curious painting with Stylorouge graphics. It was the beginning of a long standing relationship with the band, which has resulted in us designing a dozen sleeves for them since, along with DVD packaging, animated DVD menus, TV commercials and a promo video (filmed on a charity shop super 8 camera!) for the track Everything is Good For You. In recent years the band’s Neil Finn has been recording with a number of other musicians and we were asked to create packaging for his Seven Worlds Collide album/DVD project which included performances by Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy among others. Their major career-spanning compilation The Very Very Best Of was released in four separate formats, each one with a seasonal twist on the front cover illustration.

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Crowded House

The first Crowded House ‘Greatest Hits’ album, Recurring Dream – The Very Best of was released in 1996 with a sleeve design that combined bass-playing founder band member Nick Seymour’s curious painting with Stylorouge graphics. It was the beginning of a long standing relationship with the band, which has resulted in us designing a dozen sleeves for them since, along with DVD packaging, animated DVD menus, TV commercials and a promo video (filmed on a charity shop super 8 camera!) for the track Everything is Good For You. In recent years the band’s Neil Finn has been recording with a number of other musicians and we were asked to create packaging for his Seven Worlds Collide album/DVD project which included performances by Johnny Marr, KT Tunstall and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy among others. Their major career-spanning compilation The Very Very Best Of was released in four separate formats, each one with a seasonal twist on the front cover illustration.

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Island Outpost

Island Outpost is a very special company in many ways. It has a portfolio of uniquely individual Jamaican resorts, all owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. In 2014, it was decided to execute a re-appraisal of the branding of each of the five properties, one of which – the jewel in the crown of the group – is The Fleming Villa, one time home of novelist Ian Fleming, creator of the world’s most famous secret agent James Bond. At the other end of the spectrum is the Caves, a funky, colourful village-style resort set into the hillside of Negril that is popular with a younger set, predominantly arriving from the USA – water-sports enthusiasts, honeymooners and all-round party people. Island Outpost needed each location to have it’s own special identity rather than be branded as part of a faceless corporate looking chain. It also needed to start the process of overhauling their respective websites. Stylorouge set out to assess the individual personalities of the resorts and then put forward an initial report and research document, from which a final brief was created in conjunction with the client. Careful budgeting and scheduling was stringently followed during the first stages of the project, and with implementation of the new brands still ongoing during the progressive refurbishment of two of the resorts, the roll-out of the new brands has begun in earnest with a new Stylorouge-designed and built website now online for the Fleming Villa, and stationery items for the first three of the resorts currently being updated.

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Show of Hands

We are proud of our long-term relationships with clients and artists alike, especially when we can genuinely call them friends and have watched their careers develop alongside our own. Show Of Hands are now legends in the UK folk/roots scene and we are privileged to have been involved in many aspects of their ascendence. From creating hand-printed covers for their first home-produced cassettes for sale at gigs to a (feature-length!) documentary, Stairway To Devon,  and a host of album sleeves, photo-shoots and promo videos. Their patronage and close association and understanding of our working methods has resulted in the creation of some of our favourite work.

This year, they are nominated again in the annual BBC Folk Awards, on this occasion for best album (for The Long Way Home), for which we designed and photographed the album sleeve. Apart from showcasing our work for them here, we whole-hearted recommend checking them out live – the most amazing musicianship, stagecraft and humour you’ll find anywhere on six legs.

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Jamie Cullum

Momentum was the first album release by Jamie on Island Records, and Stylorouge were selected to work with him on the sleeve design for the project. Originally titled Everything You Didn’t Do, the preferred concepts for the cover were based on depicting the title as an ‘in situ’ art installation, and when the title became Momentum, the concept stuck, despite the slightly less apt visual approach. An oversized portrait of Jamie from a shoot by Mary McCartney was added to the set-up, and Stylorouge director Rob O’Connor photographed the installation in various guises in readiness for the packaging and marketing. The resurgent interest in vinyl meant that we now have the pleasure of seeing some of our work in all the glory that music lovers took for granted back in the day…

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Blue Touch Paper

Blue Touch Paper is the brainchild of Colin Towns (soundtrack composer, jazz pianist, rock composer, orchestra leader – a genuine musical polymath!). Now two albums into their occasional career as a touring band, this Jazz/rock supergroup needed a vibrant intriguing media launch as well as strong visual packaging that presented the independently well-known participants. Colin chose a montaged portriat concept and presented us with an hour or two of video rushes from his regular trips around Europe. The theme he wanted to pursue was collaboration across the miles – a network of journeys both physical and musical. We created a website for the band, and two versions of ashore film documenting the way the band came together, most importantly it needed to act as a fascinating visual accompaniment to the all important music featured throughout.

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