Lyrical designs

Ever wondered what your favourite song would look like if a graphic designer got hold of it and interpreted the lyrics?

Fourteen international designers, typographers, artists and illustrators were asked to do just that for graphics and typography exhibition Lyrics and Type, at Brick Lane’s East Gallery this month.

Graphic designers I love Dust
Graphic designers I love Dust

Each participant has created a screen print inspired by the lyrics of their favourite record for the exhibition, which is a joint venture by street art magazine VNA and the fantastically-named Australian culture magazine Wooden Toy Quarterly.

Representing the UK will be graphic designers I Love Dust and Waste and illustrators Drew Millward, Mr Gauky, Nick Deakin and Keaton Henson.

Milwaukee Sky Rocket by Illinois-based post-hardcore band Braid illustrated by Nick Deakin

Nick Deakin chose to illustrate Milwaukee Sky Rocket by Illinois-based post-hardcore band Braid. He says, ‘The screamed lyrics as the track closes – “Impress yourself! Impress yourself!” – always hit home. A simple yet profound instruction that may seem a little obvious, yet we spend a lot of our time trying to impress others, when real satisfaction comes exceeding our own expectations.’

Nick aimed for ‘teen-flick fresh and crisp’ with his print, which features the words ‘Impress yourself’ spelled with cacti, birds and smiling boggle-eyed creatures.

Each of the works displayed will be available as a limited edition three-colour print with a run of 30.

Lyrics and Type will run until Wednesday 21 April at East Gallery, 214 Brick Lane.

See more images below…

Allan Sanders
Allan Sanders

mr gauky
mr gauky

Steph Says Hello
Steph Says Hello

Keton Henson
Keton Henson

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