Stylorouge is a graphic design studio based in Yalding, Kent, formed in London by creative director Rob O'Connor[1] in 1981.[2]

Art work created by the studio has included record sleeve designs for bands such as Siouxsie and the Banshees for their 1981's Once Upon a Time: The Singles compilation vinyl which was certified gold, Enya, Blur[2] (it designed the band's first logo, and was still working with them in 2013),[3] The Cure,[2] Gary Glitter, Morrissey,[2] The Sisters of Mercy,[2] Stereophonics, Killing Joke, Sandie Shaw, Adam Ant, Catatonia, Jesus Jones, Squeeze, Crowded House, Dr John, Simple Minds, Sarah Brightman and Menswear. It was also responsible for the design and art direction of the original posters for the British film Trainspotting,[4] dubbed "some of the most iconic and memorable [film posters] of all time",[5] and which inspired the poster by PolyGram for the sequel, Trainspotting 2.[6] The studio was also credited with adding the exclamation point to the name of then teenage band Wham.[7]

In 2012, an exhibition called Dream in Colour at the Aubin Gallery in London celebrated Stylorouge's thirtieth anniversary.[2][7]


  1. ^ Timothy O'Donnell (2011). "Rob O'Connor / Stylorouge". Sketchbook: Conceptual Drawings from the World's Most Influential Designers. Beverly, Massachusetts: Rockport. pp. 88–93. ISBN 9781592535217.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Stylorouge founder Rob O'Connor talks dreaming in colour". Design Week. 11 January 2012.
  3. ^ Emma Somers (30 July 2013). "Blur exhibition: it's got nothing to do with your vorsprung durch technik, you know". The Irish Times.
  4. ^ Alex Suskind (17 March 2017). "The Story Behind the Groundbreaking 'Trainspotting' Poster". Vice.
  5. ^ Gavin Lucas (7 March 2011). "How Trainspotting's poster campaign was made". Creative Review.
  6. ^ John McCarthy (26 January 2017). "Is T2: Trainspotting's marketing a nostalgia trip too far?". The Drum.
  7. ^ a b Gavin Lucas (10 January 2012). "Dream In Colour: The Art of Stylorouge". Creative Review.

Further readingEdit

  • Rob O'Connor (2001). Delicious: The Design and Art Direction of Stylorouge. Berlin: Gestalten. ISBN 9783931126490.

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