Wonder Book

Christoper Roy Williams
1981

Master Media
Type Record Covers
Title Wonder Book
Measurements.Dimensions 7" x 7"
Measurements.Format Single
45 rpm, limited edition pressing of 250 copies.
Materials.Medium Ink
Materials.Support Cardboard
210 gsm stock card, hand finished and glued.
Techniques Letterpress
One sided pass. The cover is line art printed using a 60 lpi screen applied to the B/W photo on back cover.
Creator.Personal name Christoper Roy Williams
Role Designer
Williams explained that at the time the creation of these series of records and promotional and marketing exercises were in response to the "exclusivity" of established record labels and associated music industry marketing channels.
Creator.Corporate name REM Records
Role Record Label
Creator.Personal name Stephen Robinson
Role Photographer
Creator.Corporate name Herco Pilots
Role Author
Date.Release 1981
Location.Current Repository Crawlspace Records, Auckland, New Zealand
Location.Current Repository NZDA Collection
Phototransparency
ID Number.Record Label Catalogue Number HP001
Style/Period.Period 1960's
The cover images were appropriated from a 1960's English Boys Annual.
Style/Period.Movement Punk rock / new wave
The design makes innovative use of cut and paste, photocopy technology, "anti establishment" design ethic and aesthetic.
Culture New Zealand
Urban youth culture - centred around inner city Auckland. 1978-1985
Subject Camping, swimming, diving, trains
Subject English Boys Annuals
Description Front cover; image and text. The album title 'Wonder Book of Things to Do' appears on the front cover, and a list or catalogue of titles from Ward Locks Wonder Book series on the fold sleeve. The Ward Lock design on the cover and flap is from an original book published in early 1960's, with layout and original photoprint for letterpress by Williams - also for inner record label. Images of boys camping, swimming and diving, and a train, emerge from an oil lamp like that in the fairytale of Aladdin. The type is a mixture of serif and sans serif fonts. The folded card cover also has an imitation MRP sticker - a parody of the government Maximum Retail Price (MRP) scheme introduced by the New Zealand National Government in 1979-80. [DM KY]
Description Back cover; image and text. Song titles and acknowledgements appear on the back cover in black, and are a mix of serif and sans serif. Some text is italicised and some bold. A lot of punk design was a parody of "correct" lifestyles and careers, and was an appropriation of the mechanisms and systems for the creation and marketing of contemporary music. [DM KY]
Source David Merritt
Researcher, image analysis and interpretation. 02.2001.
Rights REM Records
Typography The text on the front cover is mainly black, with some white text reversed out on the fold flap. It is a mix of serif and sans serif, and is upper case except for the word 'of' which is also italic.
Size 48, 30, 14 and 12 point
Colour Black, white
Typography The text on the back cover is black, and a mix of serif and sans serif, some italicised, some bold.
Size 24, 18, 14 and 8 point
Colour Black