Looking back on 2 tone.

A friend just recommended some old Peel sessions on the Specials from 1979. Currently listening to this and recalling that perhaps the two tone graphics were one of the catalysts that led me into a career in graphic design. 2 Tone Records was founded by Jerry Dammers of the Specials, with ‘a desire to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain’. I’d spend hours recreating these distinctive black and white designs on my school books and bag. Looking back now, perhaps they still inform our design aims of stripping back as much superfluous details as it is possible to do before the meaning is lost.


2 tone graphic design