If you have time, then pop into Gallery Libby Sellers in Berner’s Street W1, to see the remarkable work of graphic designer Richard Hollis. If you have picked up a copy of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, then you have been exposed to Hollis’s work already, he designed this highly influential book back in the 1970s and it’s never been out of print.
This wonderfully rich yet simply constructed exhibition curated by design historian Emily King and designed by architect Simon Jones takes you on a journey of Hollis’s graphic design work which according to the gallery ‘demonstrates Hollis’s singular ability to shape thought through the arrangement of word and image’.
This exhibition of well-crafted graphic design of the pre- and post-digital era was just the tonic I needed to take me out of my PGCE bubble, for a few hours at least.
For a detailed review and background, design critic Rick Poyner’s piece in Design Observer is worth reading.