Design and music to help prevent suicide

A design team working for the awareness campaign Xpress has compiled and designed an album to raise the profile of charity CALM.

Xpress The Album
Xpress The Album

Campaign Against Living Miserably works to prevent suicide, which is currently the single biggest killer of men under 35 in the UK.

Xpress was founded in September 2012 by Ben Tallon, who runs music-focussed design consultancy Quenched Music. It works closely with CALM to highlight the emotional benefits of artistic expression and already has the support of scores of musicians, actors, comedians, writers poets and designers. Many of the projects and supporters can be seen sounding off here.

The album has been art directed by Ben Tallon and Sam Price, who have used artwork by Hannah Ward across the cover and throughout the inslip.

‘I saw Hannah Ward’s paintings a while ago and they really stuck in my mind,’ says Tallon.

‘The cover image is so expressive and so beautiful but it’s quite open to interpretation. It could be negative, it could be positive; it’s left open to people’s imaginations,’ he adds.

Xpress The Album
Xpress team:Sam Price (designer and art director); Ben Tallon (Illustrator and campaign director); Dirty Freud (Album Curator); Danny Allison (Photographer)

All proceeds from the 17 track album, which is out on 24 May will go to CALM. It features new music by the likes of  The Rimes, Black Lights and Naymedici as well as tracks donated by past and established bands.

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