Friday, 9 July 2010


This month we hark back to the early 80s for our inspiration. 1982 to be precise.
This was the year that the biggest selling British 12" single of all time was recorded before its release in March of the following year. New Orders 'Blue Monday' was in everyones record collection, selling more than a million at the time.
The record sleeve was designed by Peter Saville who was well on the way to becoming one of the best graphic designers in the business. His CV at the time including OMD, Roxy Music, Ultravox and Joy Division. One of Peters favourite features was to irreverantly lift an image from history and then reconstruct it in another. This gave us the idea for us to show respect to a great artist and a fantastic record by reinterpreting the cover in our own inimitable way.
The colour blocks on the right of the 'Blue Monday' cover are a colour code representing the groups name, the title and the record label Fac73. Our code represents the 80s Casuals logo.
The T-Shirt should be available on our website and in stores by the end of the month.

Again we go back to '82 for the second design of this month and we remember the first home computer. The ZX Spectrum was created by inventor Sir Clive Sinclair who until then was known for inventing the slim-line calculator. The computer retailed at £125, about a weeks wage at the time and therefore out off our financial restraint, but we acknowledge good design and the ZX Spectrum was also well known for its distinctive rainbow motif. This highlighted the machines capability of a coloured screen whereas the previous Spectrum had been black and white. The rainbow motif is obviously still remembered today so we thought we would use its distinctive colours as a starting point for our Spectrum T-Shirt.
Available before the end of July at our usual stockists.