We are very fortunate to have access to a fabulous artist, my mother, who has created both our background image and our logo. Lucky for me, she has always been someone who has supported my love of Duran Duran. I have even caught her singing along at times! I think she, especially, appreciates the song, “Notorious.” 🙂
When I gave her the task of creating our images, she was dubious. She did not think that she would be able to capture what we hoped. Yet, as always, she has not only met my expectations but exceeded them. When I explained what we were looking for, the idea was completely influenced by Duran and things that have and will always remind us of them. I wonder if other Duranies will be able to see what we see by our artwork. I wonder if Duran Duran would be able to! I suspect that they would, at the very least, appreciate it.
One thing I have always admired about the band was their connection to art with Nick and his photography and John with his graphic arts. They have not only been friends with artists like Andy Warhol, personally, but have sought out ways to support artists and to include art in their work. While I, like most Duranies, get frustrated by the time it takes for Duran to actually produce something (cd, documentary film, t-shirt logos, etc.), I am confident that they have taken PLENTY of time (and more!) to make sure that the product looks good, visually! For example, while many in the Duran community did not necessarily like the album, Red Carpet Massacre, musically, I did not hear anyone complain about the package. Of course, the solid packaging also helps to sell their products. I know many people, myself included, bought Red Carpet Massacre on vinyl simply because of the cool look to it. The actual vinyl was red! How cool is that?! That said, I’m fully expecting this upcoming album to be at least as visually stunning as the last album and the album before that and the album before that…