Trevor Jackson x Pre

Trevor Jackson x Pre

I was first introduced to Trevor Jackson in the form of his production monikers Underdog and Skull on the UK's classic mid-90's trip-hop label Mo'Wax. Jackson went on to found the highly influential Output Records, responsible for signing Fridge and in turn bringing Four Tet to the world and the first label to release LCD Soundsystem. Jackson also flirted with the mainstream success with his project, Playgroup. Whilst all this was going on Jackson continued producing consistently forward thinking design work for a range of clients, mainly within the music industry.

What's made this project particularly interesting beyond the music itself is the approach Jackson has taken to the design. There are themes running through Jackson's work around the use of analog tools to corrupt otherwise ordered forms. This is again on display in the way the regimented vertical bars distort around the centre of the CD and the tape cassette wheel, as if some heat is emanating from the parts of the physical format that make direct contact with playback devices.

Limited edition CD album. Hand screen-printed jewel case + custom made orange disc. Designed by Trevor Jackson
Detail — CD artwork for 'System' yellow limited edition. Designed by Trevor Jackson
Detail — Tape format for 'System'. Designed by Trevor Jackson

For more on Jackson's archival label visit the Pre Bandcamp page
You can view more a Trevor Jackson's design work here


Adam Cain is a creative director, storyteller and visual artist from London.