Event Alumni

Lecture - Richard Hollis

Hour: 7.15pm
Place: ELISAVA (La Rambla, 30-32). Sala Aleix Carrió (1st floor)

This month we have the honor to welcome Richard Hollis, one of the most influential leading figures of the British graphic design.

Richard Hollis has been a freelance graphic designer since 1957. Trained at various London art schools, he began as a silkscreen printer, printer of fine-art prints, taught at the London College of Printing, Chelsea and Central St Martins schools. Worked in Paris, early 1960s. Art editor at New Society weekly 1966-68. Since then has designed mostly books, art catalogues, and the largest terracotta lettering in Europe.

An exhibition of his work opened in London in 2012 and travelled to the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and to Lausanne and New York. He has lectured in various cities in Europe and his published books are Graphic Design: A Concise History (1994, revised 2001), Swiss Graphic Design: Towards an International Style 1920-1970 (2006) and About Graphic Design (2012). He is currently writing on the Belgian artist, designer and architect Henry van de Velde.

Lecture in English for all publics and organized by the Master’s Degree in Graphic Design and the Postgraduate in Graphic Design and Publishing Projects of ELISAVA. Previous booking through the attached form is required.

Here is an outline of the talk

Graphic Design. Much of this presentation consists of examples of his own work. They date from the last fifty years.

  1. The letter(form): a little history, language and the letter(form) the shape of characters.
  2. Letters and the page: the reader, typography, and still a bit of history. The influence of printing techniques.
  3. Letter and Image (Image and Letter) and still more history.
  4. Sequence: the graphic work in the reader's hands, and before the reader's eyes.
  5. Periodicals: their format, layout, production, art direction.
  6. Folding: and the restraints of budget.
  7. Writing History: the designer as writer.

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