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Malcolm Garrett
Malcolm-garrett
Background information
Born UK
Date 1956
Occupation Graphic designer
Associated acts Duran Duran
Designer

Malcolm Garrett (born 1956) is a British graphic designer who worked with Duran Duran from 1981 to 1986 as part of the Assorted iMaGes firm, participating in almost all of their design decisions, from album and single covers to tour programmes and calendars.

The distinctive sleeves that Garrett designed include their first four albums: the crisp logo and photo on the white cover of Duran Duran, the sharp overlays on the Patrick Nagel painting for Rio, the exotic maps and symbols on Seven and the Ragged Tiger, (together with Keith Breeden), and the geometric textures of the album Arena.

He also designed the covers for their associated singles such as "Planet Earth", "Is There Something I Should Know?" and "The Reflex", and for the EP Carnival.

Garrett was an author (with Kasper de Graaf) and designer for the 1982 book Duran Duran: Their Story, and the pair worked together again for the 2005 book Duran Duran Unseen featuring the photography of Paul Edmond. He has also done design for books such as Sing Blue Silver and Arena - The Book, and for the board game Into The Arena.

Biography Edit

Malcolm Garrett was born in Northwich, England, and attended St. Ambrose College. He studied typography at the "University of Reading" from 1974 through 1975 and graphic design at Manchester Polytechnic from 1975 through 1978. A fellow student of Garrett's at Manchester Polytechnic was Peter Saville, a graphic designer who would also design prominent record sleeves in the late 1970s and early 1980s including contributions to Duran Duran's "My Own Way". Garrett's first important professional work was design for the punk rock group The Buzzcocks. In 1981 he helped launch the style magazine New Sounds New Styles as designer, with editor Kasper de Graaf and photographic contributions from Paul Edmond.

From 1978 through 1994, Garrett was the design director of Assorted iMaGes. His work there included "graphic identity, exhibition design, television graphics, and literature design." In addition to Duran Duran, his work for musical artists included Magazine, Boy George, Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel.

In the early 1990s Garrett was increasingly attracted to digital technology and in 1994 Garrett teamed with Alasdair Scott to form AMX Digital (later called AMX studios), an interactive media production company. Garrett left AMX when that company merged with Zinc to form Arnold Interactive in 2001. He then worked at I-mmersion in Toronto, Canada, art directing interactive cinema, but returned to London in 2005 and after five years as creative director at Applied Information Group he established a new creative partnership with Kasper de Graaf called 53K. Garrett is a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), and a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts in London. He is Creative Director of dynamo London (UK), the online showcase for the digital and interactive media industry in London.

A selection of Malcolm Garrett's workEdit

Articles by Malcolm Garrett Edit

  • Garrett, Malcolm. "A Dearth of Typography", Baseline, issue 13 (edited by John Simmons, Chris Gray and Domenic Lippa), Esselte Letraset, 1990.
  • Garrett, Malcolm. "The Book is Dead?", Graphics World, 1992.
  • Garrett, Malcolm, and Scott, Alasdair. "Multimedia, Who Needs It?" Baseline, issue 18 (edited by Mike Daines), Esselte Letraset, 1994.

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