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Kiss

  • Object:

    Record Sleeve

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1986 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Designers Republic (design agency)
    Anderson, Ian, born 1961 (designer)
    Phillips, Nick, born 1962 (designer)
    FON Records (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph on cardboard

  • Credit Line:

    Given by The Designers Republic

  • Museum number:

    E.724-1990

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TS, shelf 1

Physical description

Cardboard cover-sleeve for a 12" single recording of 'Kiss' by Age of Chance for Fon Records. The design features the prominent black and white chevron, stripe and chequer flashes used to identify a record released on the independant label Fon Records, Sheffield.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1986 (made)

Artist/maker

Designers Republic (design agency)
Anderson, Ian, born 1961 (designer)
Phillips, Nick, born 1962 (designer)
FON Records (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph on cardboard

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with titles, credits and 'Sleeve made in the Designers Republic'.

Object history note

This is one of four available colour schemes employed in packaging Kiss the 12" single.

Descriptive line

Cardboard cover-sleeve for a 12" single recording of 'Kiss' by Age of Chance for Fon Records. Designed by Designers Republic. Issued by Fon Records, Great Britain, 1986.

Labels and date

FOUR RECORD SLEEVES
Designed by Ian Anderson (British, b.1961) and Nick Phillips (British b.1962) of the firm The Designers Republic, Sheffield
1 & 2 Front and back of the two of the four available colour schemes employed in packaging the 12 inch, 45 rpm single "Kiss" recorded by the industrial Hip-Hop band Age of Chance. Released by the independent Sheffield label, Fon Records, 1986.
3 Front of the sleeve packaging DJ Chakk's Jack-Knife remix of Age of Chance's recording of "Kiss", 1986.
These three sleeve designs sport Fon's prominent black and white chevron, stripe and chequer flashes, imparting an unmistakable label identity to each release.
4 Front of transparent sleeve and picture disc of the extended play recording "Very Metal Noise Pollution", 7 inch, released by the Rock and Rap band PWEI (Pop Will Eat Itself), RCA, 1989.

Given by The Designer's Republic
E.723-1990, E.724-1990, E.726-727-1990, E.728-729-1990

For over two decades record sleeves have been a focus of attention for up-and-coming graphic designers responding to the commercial imperatives of the music business. They are a design form which, due to the youthful market to which they must appeal, calls for a bold and innovative approach.
The V&A is currently acquiring examples of typical, innovative and outstanding sleeves from across the whole of the twentieth century in order to build-up a reference collection which will provide a context for work displayed here. []

Materials

Cardboard; Printing ink

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Categories

Labels & packaging; Music

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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