Follow the Rhythm Research

November 8, 2020 - Blogs

For this project I have to take a song that I like, and I am required to present the lyrics in a manner which is appropriate to the music and singer/group in question. For example, if the song is punk-influenced the style would be similar that of the Dadaists, Jamie Reid or Barney Bubbles. If it is rap, graffiti art could be used to present the lyrics.

I need to consider the pacing and rhythm of the song. If lines or words are more meaningful than others they need to be presented more prominently in my final piece.


My research looked at different styles of typography and typography I felt was most suitable for the music genre in question.

Josef Müller-Brockmann

Josef Müller-Brockmann was a celebrated twentieth century Swiss graphic designer and teacher. He studied design, architect and history of art. Moreover, he worked as a European design consultant. His works had been exhibited in Zurich, Hamburg and Bern.

Joseph Müller-Brockmann was influenced by the ideas of several different design and art movements including Constructivism, De Stijl, Suprematism and the Bauhaus. He is perhaps the most well-known Swiss designer and his name is probably the most easily recognized when talking about the period. He was born and raised in Switzerland and by the age of 43 he became a teacher at the Zurich school of arts and crafts.

Wim Crouwel

Wim Crouwel is a celebrated twentieth century Dutch graphic designer and typographer. Graphic design is a wide field in which Crouwel mainly focussed on type. He works quite constructive, constructs type, and works on grids. Crouwel is especially admired for his systematic approach and his creative handling of the shape of letters. His work was influenced by the pre-war Werkmann and post-war Sandberg, an individualistic generation of typographers who dared to juggle with letters.

Jamie reid

Jamie Reid is an English artist and anarchist with connections to the Situationists. His work, featuring letters cut from newspaper headlines in the style of a ransom note, came close to defining the image of punk rock, particularly in the UK. His best known works include the Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols and the singles “Anarchy in the UK” and “God Save The Queen”.

Barney bubbles

Colin Fulcher was born on 30 July 1942 in Whitton, Middlesex. A natural aptitude for art led to his enrolling to study for a National Diploma in Design at blues-scene breeding ground Twickenham College of Technology.

He is a cult figure among other designers but is barely known outside the field. Unlike most other well-known designers there has never been a book published or a museum exhibition of his work. He was closely associated with hippy rockers Hawkwind before making the transition to a more punk/New Wave aesthetic working for Stiff Records in the late 70s where he produced an amazing body of work marked by a wit and conceptual brilliance that have kept them fresh today.

He designed all Elvis Costello‘s sleeves up to the Imperial Bedroom album and other notable work included The Damned‘s Music For Pleasure and Ian Dury‘s Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, but his most famous design is probably the brilliant ‘Blockhead’ logo for Dury’s backing band.



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