To close out the series of talks at the British Museum Experience, Roger Dean and Storm Thorgerson will be discussing graphic design on Thursday April 7th. This classic “bubble” logo first appeared on the album ‘Close To The Edge’ by Yes. Dean, who designed the logo, continued to create covers for the band, up to ‘The Ladder’ (1999).
These two legendary artists are coming together to talk about their careers and works which have shaped the visual identities of the bands they have worked with. This image, the album artwork for Asia’s second album ‘Alpha’, features a basic pyramid and the grasping claw of an eagle, a theme used for the band’s first three album covers.
Yes guitarist Steve Howe’s first solo album, ‘Beginnings’ (1975), featured artwork from Roger Dean. “Here is of an interior of my architecture providing a very intimate stage setting,” says Dean. “The blue forms in the foreground are an evolution of the landscape seating I designed for Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in 1968.”
In 1981, Yes released ‘Classic Yes’, their second compilation album. These green towers were, according to Dean, “based upon a concept design I did for an Hotel in Australia in 1981.”
This painting was included inside ‘Closer To The Edge’, Yes’s fifth album, released in 1972.
‘Pathways’ was part of the ‘Yessongs’ series, and was one of Dean’s favourite paintings of the 1970s.
Roger Dean also contributed to Osibisa’s album artwork. In 1971, he designed their “first cover and it marked a turning point in my career as this was the first poster I published.”
This piece, titled ‘Arches Morning’, was painted by Roger Dean for ‘Keys To Ascension’, the 1996 album from Yes.
If you want to learn more about these fantastic album artwork pieces, then visit the ‘Graphic Design with Roger Dean and Storm Thorgerson’ talk at the British Museum Experience on Thursday April 7th. Visit britishmusicexperience.com/thorgerson for more information.