Nigel does explanation graphics. He graduated from The Royal College of Art in 1966, and worked as a freelancer for newspapers and magazines in England until 1977, when Walter Bernard hired him to work at Time Magazine in New York.
As Graphics Director of Time, his pictorial explanations of complex subjects gained him many imitators and a few academic enemies. To this day he remains committed to the power of pictures and humor to help readers understand abstract numbers and difficult scientific concepts.
After 16 years, Time gave him a sabbatical, and he never went back. Now he has his own company, which has explained things to and for a wide variety of clients, including Apple, Fortune, Nike, The Smithsonian Institution, Sony, United Healthcare, US Airways and Visa, and he continues to do graphics for publications such as Harper’s, The New York Observer and The New York Times.
He’s written six books on aspects of information design. The latest, Nigel Holmes on Information Design, is a book-length interview with Steven Heller. It was published by Pinto Books in May 2006. Wordless Diagrams, from 2005, has been published in Chinese and Swedish editions as well as the original English (although since there are no words, translation was no problem!)
With his son, Rowland, he makes short animated films. Clients have included Fortune, The TED conferences and the Markle Foundation.
He has lectured in India, Japan, Brazil, Singapore, and all over Europe and the United States.