Beautiful Things

David Mitchell

Master Media
Type Record Covers
Title Beautiful Things
Measurements.Dimensions 7" x 7"
Measurements.Format Single
45 rpm
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Cardboard
Techniques Offset Printing
Four colour
Techniques Appropriation
The source image for this cover may have been appropriated from a book of early black and white prints. [KY]
Techniques Hand colouring
The colour appears to have been added by hand over the black and white source image before printing. [KY]
Creator.Personal name David Mitchell
Role Illustrator
Creator.Corporate name 3D's
Role Author
Creator.Corporate name Flying Nun and Merge Records
Role Record Label
Date.Release 1993
Simultaneous release in NZ and USA
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Location.Current Repository Hocken Library, Dunedin, New Zealand
The Hocken holds a copy of this single.
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number FN262 and MRG043
Dual release in NZ and USA
ID Number.NZDA Number nzgda_rc_i_0014_f, nzgda_rc_i_0014_b
ID Number.Hocken Dynix BIB 800023
Style/Period.Style Medieval
Based on medieval illustrative styles.
Style/Period.Group Second wave Dunedin sound
A distinctive surf-punk guitar driven sound which emerged from the Dunedin, New Zealand, music scene in the early 1980's based around the Flying Nun record label. [KY. DM]
Culture New Zealand
Early grunge/alternative/psychedelia
Subject Medieval beasts, musical instruments, landscape, hats, dogs, cats, donkeys, mice, lions, pigs, flock of geese.
Subject New Zealand humour
The image depicts beastly figures presumably making beautiful music.
Relation.references Prodesign # 50 Dec 2000/Jan 2001
This image was used in an article by Chris Mousdale entitled "digging for gold", about record cover design as a window on New Zealand culture.
Description Front cover; image and text. The front cover is dominated by two medieval style bestial figures holding medieval musical instruments. The figures are standing on a ploughed field and several buildings are visible in the background - one of which appears to be a burning church. Both figures have speech bubbles coming out of their mouths in a cartoon style. One bubble contains the name of the band and the other the name of the single. The source image appears to be hand coloured in yellow, red and blue. The text is made up from serif hand generated type and a mixture of capital and lower case. [DM]
Description Back cover; image and text. The back cover continues the medieval style used on the front cover. It comprises a hand coloured procession of animals dressed in human clothing and hand lettered text. Some animals represented are dogs, cats, donkeys, mice, lions, pigs and a large flock of geese. The image occupies all of the bottom half of the back cover. The lettering is along the top third of the cover. The style of the text is reminiscent of medieval monastic lettering used on illuminated manuscripts created using feather quill pens. [DM]
Source David Merritt
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Source Katy Yiakmis
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Rights Flying Nun Records
Permission to present this work in the NZDA has been given by Flying Nun.
Typography The text on the front cover is made up from serif hand generated type and a mixture of upper and lower case.
Typeface Hand generated
Weight Light
Serifness Serif
Colour Orange felt tip colouring over black outline and shading.
Typography The text on the back cover is black outline serif type in upper and lower case.
Typeface Hand generated
Serifness Serif
Colour Black outline
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