I recently spent three weeks with the nice people at MTV, providing graphics for various promos. As a child of the ‘80s it was great to work with this iconic brand from my youth. You can see examples of this and other promo work here.
The MTV building in Camden was also something of an ’80s icon. Originally the HQ of TV-am, the 1983 building was designed by Terry Farrell, and famously features 12 giant egg cups on the roof. The postmodern structure has recently undergone a controversial revamp, replacing the entire ’80s facade. (The eggcups remain though.)
And there’s more…
A few hundred yards from MTV there’s another architectural gem by Farrell’s former partner, Nicholas Grimshaw. These striking modernist flats, built in 1988, were influenced by car manufacturing techniques.
Slightly tenuous this, but on the subject of ‘80s icons, the first gig I ever saw was The Smiths in 1985. They were supported by the then, relatively unknown James, who have just released this beautiful and touching video for Moving On, created by brilliant animator, Ainslie Henderson.