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Yes Logo

Logo
1990 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Stencil and silkscreen with airbrushing and hand-applied detail
Brief Description
Original logo artwork for the 'Yes Years' boxed set, produced with airbrush, acrylic paint, silkscreen and collage. By Roger Dean. Great Britain, 1990.
Physical Description
Original logo artwork for the 'Yes Years' boxed set, produced with airbrush, acrylic paint, silkscreen and collage.
Dimensions
  • Sheet height: 32.7cm
  • Sheet width: 45.5cm
  • Mounted height: 35.5cm
  • Mounted width: 51.2cm
Credit line
Given by Roger Dean
Object history
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
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.
Production
The logo was first designed ca.1971.
Summary
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.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
E.2470-1991

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record createdFebruary 4, 2004
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