Ink, print and more thesis disaster.

Ink, print and more thesis disaster.

Last minute frenzy Pete was less lucky when it came to time. Nobody had seen him for weeks, but that was common. He would work at home in a nervous frenzy and then turn up at the last moment with a stunning and totally original solution to each project. We were both...

Printmaking, posters and Eckersley

Two facets of the graphics course had captured my imagination: the first was printmaking, and the second was typography. Printmaking had a hybrid character, both fine art and commercial graphics influences ran through it. In the sixties, Warhol, Lichtenstein and many...

Armin Hofmann – another influential name

Serendipity led me to stumble over one of the most influential designers and educators of the ‘Swiss’ school. My intake at college was the product of what was known as ‘The Bulge’ (later called ‘Babyboomers’) – the children of soldiers recently returned...

Design and designers – getting to know the names.

Every discipline has its own language and its own narrative. And stories need heroes. Part of getting to grips with design lay in understanding the history and the key players. Slowly my awareness of the output of graphic designers was growing. There were exhibitions...

Product design or graphic design?

When you know little about design, important choices such as whether to pursue graphic or product design may be made for the the most ill-informed reasons. In the early months of my course I still had a muddled vision of where I was going, though I was influenced as...