Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Design Practice III//Negotiated Briefs//Orange Juice & Belle and Sebastian.

Whilst going on to research, in more detail, about the band Orange Juice, for the brief which I will be writing at the end of the week, which proposes that I design the promotional branding for a hypothetical reunion tour, I have also decided to look at contemporary influences that the band have made upon other musicians, and how I can potentially use marketing research and analysis to see how effective the design, music and fan base are for artists and musicians which are claimed to have taken influence from the indie-rock 1980's band.

Along with Franz Ferdinand, one of the most commonly cited bands that have been influenced by Orange Juice are, once again, fellow Scots, 'Belle and Sebastian', of which more information can be found below, having been previously sourced from the independent Wikipedia source page link.

In terms of design, much like the album cover artwork that I previously researched from Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian's album artwork is very 1960's and often reminiscent of the 1961 film 'A Taste of Honey', and it's contemporaries, for it's grainy, black and white imagery and monotone overlay. The albums have a really distinct and consistent look, which will certainly be a point to consider when working on my own design developments for the Orange Juice tour promotion, work of which will be later found on my Design Practice blog.



Belle and Sebastian are an indie pop band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. Belle and Sebastian are often compared with acts such as The Smiths, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake. The name Belle & Sebastian comes from Belle et Sébastien, a 1965 children's book by French writer Cécile Aubry, later adapted for television and anime. Though consistently lauded by critics, Belle & Sebastian's "wistful pop" has enjoyed only limited commercial success.
After releasing a number of albums and EPs on Jeepster Records, they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States.


The current members are:
  • Stuart Murdoch: 1996–present, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar and keyboards
  • Stevie Jackson: 1996–present, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar
  • Chris Geddes: 1996–present, keyboards
  • Richard Colburn: 1996–present, drums
  • Sarah Martin: 1997–present, violin, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar, and vocals
  • Mick Cooke: 1998–present, trumpet and bass
  • Bobby Kildea: 2000–present, guitar and bass
Past members:
  • Isobel Campbell: 1996–2002, vocals and cello
  • Stuart David: 1996–2000, bass


  • Tigermilk (1996)
  • If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)
  • The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998)
  • Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant (2000)
  • Storytelling (2002)
  • Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
  • Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (2005)
  • The Life Pursuit (2006)
  • Belle and Sebastian Write About Love (2010)

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