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Vaughan Oliver: Archive

Vaughan Oliver: Archive


Title: Vaughan Oliver: Archive (‘Materials and fragments’) [Unit 38]
Editors: Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Spin

Limited edition

Following the sad death of Vaughan Oliver on 29th December 2019, we received a surge in orders for our book, Vaughan Oliver: Archive, which sold out quickly. Due to the many requests we have received, and as a way of honouring Vaughan’s life and work, we have decided to reprint a limited number of copies of the book. 

The book is republished as a single volume (the original version was two volumes) which enables us to reduce the price from £75 to £59, with free worldwide delivery.

A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at St George’s Hospital (a registered charity) in acknowledgement of the care Vaughan received. 


The book is a celebration of the Vaughan Oliver Archive, a treasure house of graphic delights housed at UCA Epsom. Oliver is the designer who kept the stuff other designers threw away: proofs, running sheets, paper labels for vinyl records, original artwork for classic album covers, videotapes, books and the weird ephemera that was the source of inspiration for many of his most famous works.  

Vaughan Oliver: Archive (‘Materials and fragments’) is arranged around a set of themes — colour, hybrid forms, typography, the body, mystery, etc. It also features a selection of his exquisitely designed press ads, most of them unseen since the day they were published in the music press. 

Designed by Spin and written by Adrian Shaughnessy, the book features many previously unseen works, including extensive interviews with Oliver, and with contributions from Chris Bigg, his long-standing creative accomplice.

Thanks to the generosity of our Kickstarter backers we were able to first publish Vaughan Oliver: Archive as a two-volume edition in 2018. This new version includes the main book, ‘Materials and fragments’, only. 


Title: Vaughan Oliver: Archive (‘Materials and fragments’)
Size: 210mm × 280mm
Pages: 432
Printed: Litho
Colours: CMYK Toyo inks (with higher colour values achieved)
Binding: Perfect bound, PUR glued
Cover stock: 300gsm Munken Pure
Book stock: 80gsm Munken Pure

Further details

Printed on Komori Lithrone press
Hybrid Print Technology (a Göteborgstryckeriets special technique)
Cold UV drying
Stochastic screen / FM screen
ISO standard 9001


Göteborgstryckeriets, Sweden
ISBN: 978-0-9956664-8-1

Free postage worldwide.