I wish I’d designed the artist logo for The Strokes.
There was a fun exhibition on the Bowery based around Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me In The Bathroom book and it included a bunch of alternative Strokes logos. They all looked fantastic, but the original glimmering chrome design still stood out. The Strokes have never played a bum note when it comes to branding and design – right up to their robotic baseball battle in Roman Coppola’s recent video for The Adults Are Talking.
The one artist you should follow on Instagram is Alice Rawsthorn.
Alice Rawsthorn is a design writer who has immaculate taste and vast range. Whether it's a story about Carlo Mollino only making furniture on Sundays, Dazzle design theory, or the history behind Penguin classic music scores, you learn something you didn’t know you wanted to every time you visit her page. Her book Hello World: Where Design Meets Life is well worth a read too.
I almost went for this genius Simon & Garfunkel nod to The Sound Of Silence because it makes me laugh every time I see it.
But the most iconic music photograph is another folk album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan cover, gets my vote. It's a defining image of youth, of joy and carefree love, on a record full of heartbreak and humour, war and wonder. Dylan and Suze Rotolo look freezing but happy. The record was my gateway to a lifetime of endlessly enjoyable Dylan obsession.