Storm Thorgerson of Norwegian descent became one of England’s best known graphic designers. In 1968 Thorgerson teamed up with Aubrey Powell and both became the founders of the graphic art group known as Hypgonsis.
Originally the company had set out to design singles and album covers related to the music industry.
One of the closest connections from the music industry to help boost Hypgnosis was Rogers Waters from Pink Floyd who had known Thorgerson during school years in Cambridge.
Thorgerson and Waters played rugby together during the schooling years. Thorgerson also became teenage friends with David Gilmor, guitarist of Pink Floyd.
Thorgerson, best known for his album work on the highly recognisable Pink Floyd (Dark Side of The Moon) later went on further to produce hits designs from artists such as:
Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Nik Kershaw, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Al Stewart, Europe, Catherine Wheel, Bruce Dickinson, Dream Theater, Anthrax, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse, The Alan Parsons Project, Biffy Clyro and Rival Sons.
Thorgerson and his team released several books detailing their work. (The Gathering Storm) – (A Quartet in Several Parts) was the last.
2013, Prog magazine renamed its Grand Design Award after Thorgerson. It is now known as the “Thorgerson Grand Design Award and will be given to the designer of the year’s best packaged product. Incidently, Thorgerson had won the award in 2012 for his work with Pink Floyd.