A broad mix of young and old this year; youths
- both pretty and spotty - (Strangelove again, The Poets, Vanessa Williams, Kinky Machine, Lena Fiagbe) vied for design attention with veterans who could have passed for the cast of Grumpy Old Men (Chris Rea, Van Morrison, The BeeGees). New clients came: Paradise Lost, Us3, Mick Karn, Pooka, The Pretenders to Stylorouge; Take That's album Everything Changes was huge hit internationally, the singles from it provided a lot of work for T&CP. Another promo video, this time for UK jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan, whose previous single, a cover of Miles Davis' So What, had raised his profile. Signed to Island, the new single was to be Under Your Spell, and the promo was directed by Rob O'Connor, produced by Sarah Bayliss for MediaLab. O'Connor would stay with Kevin Godley's MediaLab 'til its demise during the post-production of Rob's clip
for Crowded House's Everything Is Good For You. Medialab became the third production company to cease trading while Rob was a director there. Eventually the solution would be simply to produce themselves at Stylorouge… Blur's second album arrived, replete with a parochial greetings card-style image - modes of transport were chosen as a way to illustrate the downfall of standards in Britain; a populist oil painting of the famous Mallard steam train was accompanied by 1950's 'Festival Of Britain' typography. Britpop had well and truly arrived. A major exhibition project centred on the life and work of Jimi Hendrix also kicked off at the end of 1993, and it kept the company busy for well over a year. Following on from a similarly presented touring exhibition about Bob Marley, The Ultimate Experience was Stylorouge's first foray into exhibition design, and it led to a whole swathe of Jimi-related projects; merchandise, a series of compilation albums and a major hardback book full of interpretive art and writings about the musical genius who had died some 20 years earlier, incredibly at the age of only 27. Another major exhibition project was launched, but despite taking several months and necessitating Stylorouge art directors Rob O'Connor and Richard Bull spending a week working at Graceland, the proposed Elvis Presley exhibition slipped through the net as political complications in the Elvis camp rendered the project untenable… a wonderful experience, but one which would remain undocumented publicly… Stylorouge and Storm Thorgerson collaborated again, this time on a 20th anniversary project, attempting to improve upon the original packaging for Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. The boxed book set of re-released albums Shine On is also finally released, and Stylorouge and Storm are nominated for a Grammy.