Trouble in OZ
Founded in Sydney in 1963 but then rekindled in London in 1967, OZ was a magazine that relished pushing boundaries. Unsurprisingly then, the magazine and its staff got into a number of scrapes, including obscenity trials both in Australia and in the UK. Over here, the authorities took offence at the Schoolkids OZ, an issue of the magazine guest-edited by twenty school children (including design critic Deyan Sudjic). The misunderstanding that this issue was for, not by, children, plus a particularly graphic Rupert Bear parody, caught the attention of the Obscene Publications Squad, leading to the longest obscenity trial the UK has ever seen. Narrowly avoiding the ‘conspiracy to corrupt public morals’ charges, the editors were convicted of two lesser offences, which were later overturned due to public pressure and issues with the original trial.
…runs Crush Creative, a Brighton-based studio whose output reaches from book cover design to branding, illustration and art direction. If you’ve been anywhere near a bookshop in the past few years, you’ll have struggled to miss their work for best-selling author China Mieville or Scholastic’s versions of Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy. Other clients include Sony, Nokia, The Crafts Council, MTV and Disney.