Buzzcocks band logo
How a design student created a wordmark that became an icon of UK punk. In memory of songwriter and singer Pete Shelley, 1955–2018.
Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Dec 7th, 2018. Artwork published in
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Thank you. Nice post.
Just an extra note on typography for the Orgasm Addict sleeve. All the type on the back cover (including the Rockwell assumed above to be Letraset) was handset by me in cold metal in the typography department of Manchester Polytechnic’s Graphic Design building, which in 1977 was in an annexe in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester. (The building is now a hotel)
Great to hear from you personally!
Thanks for the extra info, it’s much appreciated. An interesting mix, in terms of production means! I’ve added a note to that caption. Is the other assumption correct; are the rounded sans-serif caps on the front cover based on a scribing device?
Yes, the lettering for ‘Orgasm Addict’ itself was done with drawing office lettering stencil and Rötring pen (probably 0.5mm).
Am I drunk, or did you tell me you had some inspiration from a shitty fashion ad?
For the poster, yes. The image is, as you note, culled from a tiny b/w advert in a newspaper for ‘one-legged tights’. I just ripped it out and enlarged it!
The montage by Linder uses source material from a ‘Men’s’ mag and a domestic appliances catalogue.
Malcolm Garrett’s work for Buzzcocks is featured in the latest episode of ARTE’s Gymnastique / Flick Flack. The clip illustrates the importance of dry transfer lettering for the DIY approach in the punk era, and also mentions Daniel Miller’s use of Letraset sheets for the visual identity of Mute Records. The video is available in French and German (until 11 April 2024).
See also Fast Product’s early output – specifically The Human League’s “Being Boiled” which utilised Letraset Architectural Symbols AA115 and AA134.
And all this time I’d thought it was Futura!
In fact, when he visited Better Badges in 77 I told Greg Shaw it was, and he promptly adopted it for Bomp! See https://bit.ly/3o2FNu6 and https://bit.ly/3txzQ9y!
Is that one of my badges or did you remake?
Hi Joly, I’ve embedded the image you linked to.
This site is blowing my mind. Thank you all, especially you, Malcolm Garrett and to Florian.