In 1992, graphic designer Paul Nicholson designed Aphex Twin’s iconic logo, which he recently shared specifications for via Instagram.
Made to look like an alien “A”, the logo first appeared as the album artwork for ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’. As the album recently turned 25 years old, now is the opportune moment to share how he created the piece.
In an interview, Nicholson disclosed the vision behind the design: “At the time I met Richard, I had being doing artwork for a San Francisco-based skatewear label called Anarachic Adjustment. Their "thing" at the time had been the whole "alien" vibe (remember, we are talking 1991). So, I had been creating loads of designs based around the letter 'A' which got knocked back. Richard, having seen the work in progress, liked where I was going with the amorphic shape and from these I developed what is now the Aphex 'A.'”
Today, many have tried to recreate the logo on their own, and with that in mind, Nicholson decided to clear up the air by sharing the exact specifications.
Listen to Mixmag's playlist celebrating 25 years of ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92’ here.
View the Aphex Twin logo specs below.
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NUMBER 3 presents APHEX TWIN LOGO CONSTRUCTION It is exactly 25 years since the release of Selected Ambient Works - February 12th 1992. The original Aphex Twin logo was drawn by hand using circle templates and rulers in late 1991. With there being many incorrect versions of this logo floating about, I thought it about time to release the definitive logo construction. Enjoy. Designed by Paul Nicholson, 1991. Number 3 - www.number3.co #Aphex #AphexTwin #SelectedAmbientWorks #R&S #Logo #LogoDesign #GraphicArt #GraphicDesign #CreativeConsultant #Number3 #3 #III