This was a year that, in particular, emphasised the enduring relationships that had developed between Stylorouge and their clients.
In a scene that is notoriously fickle, work continued in typically creative fashion for Simple Minds, All About Eve, Maxi Priest, Diesel Park West, Squeeze, Bob Marley and Jesus Jones. But it was a also the year that the classical music world embraced the more upfront attitude to marketing that had previously been the preserve of the pop business. EMI Classics, Sony and Virgin all commissioned sleeves in 1992: Stylorouge dipped their toes into the world of Schubert, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Strauss and Maria Callas. Meanwhile, a host of new popular musical artists needed visual attention: Martyn Joseph, Helen Hoffner, Robert Hart, Beautiful People; and a few who'd already been around the block: Go West, Jason Donovan, Jimmy Nail, The Police... 1992 was also a landmark in collaboration for Stylorouge. Always an inspiration to them, Storm Thorgesen of Hipgnosis had been responsible for some of the most memorable record sleeves in our collections - it was a pleasure to get the opportunity to work with someone who had become a friend through the AMID meetings that had created such a comradely design community. Creating a hard-back book and album box set re-package (Shine On) from little more than scrap books, press cuttings and a few stray historic snaps challenged Storm and Stylorouge alike - the project would end up taking the best part of a year to finish. The album Seven by Manc student heroes James featured a medical photograph of a human foetus; a reflection on the nature of identity and frontman Tim Booth's impending fatherhood - whatever the rationale behind it, Music Week again acknowledged
it with a packaging award. Food Records were still in touch, and their new hope, Strangelove were introduced to Stylorouge for sleeve designs. Another northern band, Cud, became a client for T&CP. Among the novelty single formats was Once Again which featured the Cud logo embroidered Calvin Klein-style onto the waistband of a pair of boxer shorts.