Zombie Flesh Eaters was the former design team created by Jamie Hewlett made specifically for Gorillaz content. This design team was a part of Gorillaz from 2000 until its disbanding in 2010.
Zombie Flesh Eaters was founded in 2000 (they share their name with a 1979 Lucio Fulci zombie film). Initially Jamie had recruited just Matt Watkins but it soon became clear the project would need more hands and ideas, and Watkins got his brother Tim Watkins in to work on the technical aspects of the website. Kate McLauchlin was working in the same studio as Lucy McLauchlin, Matt's girlfriend at the time, so they brought her in as a graphic designer. Later, even more personnel were brought in. The Gorillaz project was the primary focus of the group from 2000-2002, but after Gorillaz they worked on a variety of other projects. These projects include interactive menus for a John Lennon DVD and promotional work for Freq Nasty, an artist on the Skint label. The company has had little projects since, and their role in the Gorillaz project has declined over the years. In Christmas 2010, Zombie Flesh Eaters shut down, as Jamie Hewlett moved to France during his 4 year falling out with Damon Albarn. Since Gorillaz' return in 2017, Hewlett now does all of Gorillaz' design work completely by himself since Zombie Flesh Eaters became inactive.
Role in the Gorillaz Project
Zombie Flesh Eaters is the company that was set up by Jamie Hewlett specifically to cater to the heavy work demands of the Gorillaz project. The members of Zombie Flesh Eaters, as of 2002, are: Jamie Hewlett (Director), Mat Wakeham (Creative Director), Susan Oppong-Wiafe, Mat Watkins (webmaster), Tim Watkins ('Functionality Aesthetician' i.e. web programming), Kate McLauchlan (core graphic designer), Tom Thorne (business manager) and Mike Robinson. The Zombie Flesh Eaters realized Jamie's vision for the visual side of the Gorillaz project. Projects that Zombie Flesh Eaters have undertaken are: constructing, designing and maintaining all aspects of the Gorillaz Website, writing the responses to email interviews with the Gorillaz that are published in magazines, designing the sleeves for Gorillaz records, making the official Gorillaz postings on the Gorillaz message boards, performing the role of Gorillaz in the official chats, drawing all the Gorillaz official artwork and pictures, and designing and doing a lot of work for the Gorillaz DVD, 'Celebrity Take Down'. Their offices were right next to Damon Albarn's Studio 13 until Christmas 2010, when Hewlett would later move to Paris and go through a 4 year falling out with Albarn. The role of Zombie Flesh Eaters in the Gorillaz project gradually declined after 2002, and it disbanded completely in 2010.