Toronto-born Shouldice set up design and branding studio yesyesyes in 2010 after four years as creative director at Stefan Sagmeister’s eponymous studio. Based in Brooklyn, yesyesyes expands from just two or three designers to a much larger team to match the scale of projects and is known for its boundary-pushing use of material, embedding a HB pencil in a book cover or intricately die-cut posters, for example. Since March last year Shouldice has also been the art directors for littleBits, an open-source library of electronic modules that can be used to make a variety of products from synths to microphones.
This record, made in 1988, was the first released by R.E.M. on a major label after a deal with Warner Bros. Records reportedly worth in the region of $6-12 million. Warners Bros. stayed true to its promise to allow the band total creative freedom; GREEN continued to explore political themes and was filled with R.E.M.’s unique brand of ironic pop melodies. In the United States, the band chose the release date to coincide with the 1988 presidential election and used many interviews surrounding the release to attack candidate George Bush Snr. Its artwork was created by New York-based painter Jon McCafferty, and was the first to feature lyrics from the band (for World Leader Pretend) and to be released in a special edition version.