Cited as one of the 'great music designers', Vaughan Oliver is best known for his work with bands such as the Pixies and the Cocteau Twins, his dark imagery and innovative use of typography.
One of the school's most celebrated visiting lecturers, students regularly collaborate with Vaughan on award winning projects, placing them on an international stage.
Vaughan began his career in the packaging design departments of Benchmark and then Michael Peters & Partners in London. He then started designing artwork for independent record label 4AD. Creating album covers for iconic bands such as the Pixies meant his work was enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
His unique approach to design has attracted an impressive list of clients, which include global film production companies, publishing houses, museums and advertising projects for L'Oreal and Coco de Mer. Alongside his graphic design portfolio, Vaughan has directed various television commercials for Microsoft, Sony and Harrods.
His work has been shown at galleries across the world. In 1992 he exhibited a retrospective collection of his work in Nantes, France. Its success led to further shows in Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Athens and UK. Vaughan’s work has been collected by the V&A Museum archive and is on permanent exhibition in their 20th Century gallery.
Vaughan has recently been elected into the ‘Alliance Graphique Internationale’, an elite group of 400 graphic designers. Membership is by invitation only and is judged as a designer who is a ‘person of influence and importance nationally and internationally’ by existing members.