From 1981 till the present Flying Nun records
cut a huge swath through the New Zealand recording industry and
musical landscape. With an initial low-fi emphasis born out of punk
rock and an honest kiwi muck in and DIY mentality, Flying Nun recording
artists produced a string of exciting and vibrant sounding records
that were unique for their style of brash pop and, coincidently
for their graphic design.
Born out of economic necessity, a number of releases in the first
few years were simple black and white covers but as the company
moved into higher gear with distribution deals and bands singing
with some of the bigger international labels, full colour covers
The NZDA is fortunate have under its care the entire Flying Nun
physical artwork collection. This valuable resource allows our design
researchers to study both the artwork submitted by the artists and
compare with the final printed cover or poster. It also represents
a significant period of transition from traditional design methodology
into the areas of digital design. By the mid-90's, most bands were
submitting cover artwork on disc or CD which were then tweaked (or
redesigned!) upstairs at Revolver Design by John or Andrew.
The Flying Nun archive is housed currently in two large plan cabinets
in the corner of our office. We are currently indexing their contents
and preserving the artworks using archival materials. Using the
search function of the database you can search for the entire Flying
Nun collection or for specific band or record titles. Enjoy!