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Yes Logo

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1990 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dean, Roger, born 1944 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stencil and silkscreen with airbrushing and hand-applied detail

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Roger Dean

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case EDUC, shelf 17

Roger Dean studied Furniture at the Royal College of Art during the 1960s. After graduating in 1968, he designed seating for Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and produced his first record cover for the band Gun. This was the beginning of his ongoing collaboration with musicians.

Physical description

Original logo artwork for the 'Yes Years' boxed set, produced with airbrush, acrylic paint, silkscreen and collage.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1990 (made)


Dean, Roger, born 1944 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Stencil and silkscreen with airbrushing and hand-applied detail


Height: 32.7 cm sheet, Width: 45.5 cm sheet, Height: 35.5 cm mounted, Width: 51.2 cm mounted

Object history note

Historical significance: Dean's importance lies in the fact that he was the first sleeve designer to work consistently with groups and become noted in his own right as a creative contributor to the appearance of a group. He has influenced designers in the 1980s such as Ian Anderson of the Designers Republic and in some ways established the profession of sleeve designer.

Dean's work represents an important stylistic phase in pre-punk Britain that grew out of the psychedelic work of Michael English in the 1960s. His general importance to the British record industry is attested by Richard Branson's commission for a label logo for his newly formed Virgin Records in 1970.

Historical context note

Roger Dean trained as a furniture designer and although he is best known for his record sleeve artwork his main concerns are still with the three-dimensional object. (He has designed chairs, interiors and houses and is currently (1991) exploring the possibility of designing a theme-park with a Japanese company.)

Dean graduated from the RCA in 1968 and in the same year designed the seating for the club 'Upstairs' at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. His interests in architectonic and organic forms are reflected in his sleeve art. His work for the rock group Yes established a strong 'corporate identity' further enhanced with the 'organic' logotype (ca.1971). He began designing stage sets for the group in 1972 which reflected the sleeve designs.

Descriptive line

Original logo artwork for the 'Yes Years' boxed set, produced with airbrush, acrylic paint, silkscreen and collage. By Roger Dean. Great Britain, 1990.

Production Note

The logo was first designed ca.1971.


Paper; Ink; Acrylic paint


Stencil; Silkscreening; Airbrushing; Painting; Collage


Labels & packaging; Advertising


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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