Motown 1's

57 years of Motown, 57 number 1’s, 57 Days.
Motown 1’s is an ongoing project by graphic designer James Sharpe. 2016 marks 57 years since the birth of Motown, founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. on January 12, 1959. Drawing from his love of Motown and the International Typographic Style (Swiss Style), James’ aim is to redesign all 57 of Motown’s number 1 records* into International Typographic Style covers; one per day for the remaining 57 days of the year. Each design is set in Univers by Adrian Frutiger, released by Deberny & Peignot in 1957. A typeface that proved to be enormously influential: it was one of the first typefaces to fulfill the idea that a typeface should form a family of consistent, similar designs.

Team Credits

James Sharpe

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  • Graphic Designer

Project Tags

  • typography
  • swissdesign
  • layout
  • imagemaking
  • motown
  • music
  • couplechallenge
  • personal
  • univers

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James Sharpe
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