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LAURENCE STEVENS  |  PERSONAL 'BIOGRAPHY'  |  October 2005


AS A TEENAGER THE MAIN INFLUENCES ON LAURENCE'S LIFE WERE
PUNK ROCK, DIRK BOGARDE, LAUREL & HARDY, BLACK AND WHITE
PHOTOGRAPHY, KRAFTWERK AND THE
BAUHAUS DESIGN MOVEMENT.

THESE INFLUENCES HAVE REMAINED WITH HIM INTO
HIS PROFESSIONAL WORKING LIFE AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER. THEY ARE A
CONSTANT SOURCE OF INFORMATION AND REFERENCE POINT FOR THE ALBUM
SLEEVES THAT HE DESIGNS, AND FOR THE ART DIRECTION THAT HE PRODUCES
FOR THE VARIOUS MUSIC INDUSTRY PROJECTS THAT HE WORKS ON.

LAURENCE STEVENS GRADUATED IN THE SUMMER OF 1982 FROM THE
'LONDON COLLEGE OF PRINTING' [LCP] WITH A BA HONS DEGREE IN
GRAPHIC DESIGN.

DURING HIS TIME AT ART COLLEGE HE SPENT ALL HIS TIME CONCENTRATING
ON DESIGN AND MUSIC, AND DUE TO HIS INTEREST IN ELECTRONIC MUSIC AND
BAUHAUS DESIGN [ESPECIALLY TYPOGRAPHY], IN THE EARLY 1980's HE BECAME
A MEMBER OF THE LONDON BASED ELECTRONIC/AVANT GARDE POP GROUP
"BLANCMANGE".

" ..SINCE THE AGE OF 18 ALL I EVER WANTED TO DO WAS TO DESIGN RECORD
SLEEVES.."  SO AS SOON AS LAURENCE LEFT COLLEGE WITH HIS DEGREE
HE PURSUED HIS INTEREST IN COMBINING MUSIC AND DESIGN, AND FORMED
THE COMPANY '1939 DESIGN'. THIS COMPANY WHICH WAS BASED IN THE
DINING-ROOM OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE, CREATED GRAPHICS AND VISUALS FOR A
NUMBER OF LAURENCE'S FRIENDS AND EARLY 'INDIE' BANDS.

IN AUGUST OF 1982 LAURENCE WAS COMMISSIONED TO DESIGN THE NEW
SINGLE SLEEVE FOR THE BAND 'EURYTHMICS' [THIS WAS TO BE HIS FIRST
PAID GRAPHIC DESIGN JOB AS A RECORD SLEEVE DESIGNER]. SINCE THE
RELEASE OF THAT SINGLE, 'LOVE IS A STRANGER', HE HAS BEEN THE BAND'S
DESIGNER AND ART DIRECTOR AND HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DESIGN
OF THE GROUPS 10 ALBUMS AND OVER 30 SINGLE SLEEVES DURING THE PAST
23 YEARS.

HE HAS CONTINUED TO WORK WITH BOTH DAVE STEWART AND ANNIE LENNOX
DURING THEIR RESPECTIVE SOLO CAREERS DESIGNING THE ALBUM SLEEVES
AND MARKETING CAMPAIGNS FOR ANNIE LENNOX'S AWARD WINNING "DIVA"
AND "MEDUSA" ALBUMS. HE MOST RECENTLY DESIGNED THE 'PEACE' ALBUM
SLEEVEWHICH IS THE LAST OFFICIAL 'EURYTHMICS' STUDIO ALBUM, FEATURING
IMAGES FROM THE PHOTO SESSION THAT THE BAND PRODUCED WITH THE
LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD AVEDON, WHO SADLY DIED IN 2004.

LAURENCE HAS DESIGNED RECORD SLEEVES FOR A NUMBER OF
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS AND BANDS DURING HIS CAREER AS DIVERSE AS
ANNIE LENNOX, MORRISSEY, EURYTHMICS, MUSE, SLEEPER AND BOB DYLAN.

HE HAS WORKED WITH SOME OF THE WORLD'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS, NAMELY -
JEAN BAPTISTE MONDINO, RICHARD AVEDON, BETTINA RHEIMS, PAOLO ROVERSI,
NICK KNIGHT ........ HIS WORK APPEARS REGULARLY IN GRAPHIC DESIGN BOOKS
AND HIS RECORD SLEEVES HAVE FEATURED IN A NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS
INCLUDING CREATIVE REVIEW, CAMPAIGN, NYLON, BRITISH VOGUE, ELLE
MAGAZINE, SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE, DESIGN WEEK ETC ..........

HE HAS CREATED AND DESIGNED THE TOUR MERCHANDISING FOR A NUMBER
OF BANDS, AND HAS PRODUCED A RANGE OF T-SHIRTS FEATURING HIS OWN
GRAPHIC SYMBOLS AND TYPOGRAPHIC 'phrases' FOR THE UK FASHION SHOP
'WAREHOUSE'.

HE HAS RECENTLY DESIGNED AND CREATED THE GRAPHICS FOR A NUMBER OF
FINE ART EXHIBITIONS AND BOOKS.  AND HAS JUST COMPLETED THE DESIGN AND
ART DIRECTION OF THE BOOK & EXHIBITION ENTITLED "SLEEP WITH ME' WHICH
SHOWS THE WORK OF THE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER ANOUSHKA FISZ, AND
WHICH WAS CREATED TO ACCOMPANY HER FIRST MAJOR SOLO EXHIBITION AT
THE 'ALBERTINA MUSEUM' IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA IN
SPRING 2004.

HE IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON PUTTING TOGETHER A BOOK
FEATURING ALL OF THE 'LSD STUDIO' COMMISSIONED AND HIS NON-PUBLISHED
'Typographical Paintings' INC. DESIGN AND ARTWORKS OVER THE PAST FEW
YEARS, FOR THE JAPANESE PUBLISHER OF
THE '+81 MAGAZINE', D.D WAVE/SATORU
YAMASHITA.