Hugh Syme is a graphic artist best known as the man responsible for all but the first 2 of Rush’s album cover art. He also created Rush’s famous starman logo, though he never imagined the band would use it, nor that it would gain such international recognizably as their main logo. He collaborated with Ian Thomas as both keyboardist and songwriter from 1973 to 1980, eventually leading to his alliance with Rush, as they were both then managed by SRO/Anthem at that time. Other musicians he has designed and created artwork for include Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Celine Dion, Scorpions, Meatloaf, Megadeth, Stone Sour, Styx, Queensrÿche, Fates Warning, Stray Cats, Asia, Roger Clinton, The Band “High On The Hog” and “Jerico”, Dave Edmunds, Joe Walsh, Earth Wind and Fire and Dream Theater – and hundreds more.
Being a fellow musician, he has also contributed piano and keyboards on 4 Rush albums.
Syme first started working with Spencer Proffer in the 80’s on Proffer’s Pasha/CBS Records company related artwork. As resident Art Director for Pasha, Hugh and Spencer collaborated on more than 23 album cover projects as well as national ad campaigns during a 10 year spanbefore Hugh was hired to be Geffen Records’ Art Director. Hugh has designed the M17 graphic look, including logo, many Huqua/Padaro book covers and graphic materials and will be doing all the album cover and graphic design for M17 projects including Hendrix Unplugged, various CD, film and television enterprises.