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I found some great items today at a local book dealer in NYC. I will photography these in detail soon.
Back cover from the 1963 book "Graphic design: visual comparisons" (shown here is a reprint from 1966) by Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes, and Bob Gill. In the sixties their firm was called Fletcher, Forbes, and Gill - which would later become the famous design international firm Pentagram. Shown are the three authors of the book.
Graphis #92, November/December 1960
Designed by Fletcher/Forbes/Crosby (attributed)
Designed by Fletcher/Forbes/Gill
Fortune Magazine Promotional Blotter
Design: Alan Fletcher
From an exhibition at CUBE gallery, see the Eye events page for more information and other graphic design events.
Cover from the 1963 book "Graphic design: visual comparisons" (shown here is a reprint from 1966) by Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes, and Bob Gill. In the sixties their firm was called Fletcher, Forbes, and Gill - which would later become the famous design international firm Pentagram. The book runs over 90 pages and is a great survey of conceptual graphic design.
About the Event
Alan Fletcher is one of the most influential figures in post-war British graphic design. As a founding partner of Pentagram, he helped to establish a model that combined commercial partnership with creative independence. He developed some of the most memorable graphic schemes of the era, notably the identities of Reuters and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and made his mark on book design as creative director of Phaidon.
This talk is based around Fletcher’s largely unknown series of books Monographica, and hopes to give some context to their creation whilst at the same time offering an overview of Fletcher’s fifty-year career.
In 2010, tonight’s speaker Daniel Chehade was approached by Raffaella Fletcher, daughter of Alan Fletcher, to help set up Fletcher Studio, which was established to develop her father’s archive and continue to exhibit and publish new work. Daniel had studied Graphic Design and Typography at the London College of Communication and then gone on to work for three years at John Morgan studio. Whilst continuing to work for Fletcher Studio and on his own design projects for cultural clients, he is now also a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
alan fletcher's pencils - part of the exhibition at the design museum. like all of alan's stuff the power of a good and simple idea.
During the exhibition on Alan Fletcher (and Pentagram Design)
Exploring the connection between 'work' and 'play'. I decided that my Bath home was the center of my daily life and decided to use a method of 'play' = leisure, for the brief = 'work'.
Rowan big wool x2
A rehash of Alan Fletchers striking 'I have nothing to say and I'm saying it' artwork mixed with a bit of modern culture.
Signed by the great man himself. He also wrote my name (JON) as balanced letters.
One of the most influential figures in British graphic design, Alan Fletcher co-founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill in the 1960s and Pentagram in the 1970s. He created iconic brand identities for clients such as Pirelli and the V&A and transformed book design in his role as consultant art editor to Phaidon Press with his spirited, witty and very personal style. To mark the donation of the Fletcher archive to its collection, the Design Museum presents his first retrospective including his
commercial work for Penguin, Reuters and Shell, alongside more personal projects in lettering, collage and illustration. Alan Fletcher: fifty years of graphic work (and play) celebrates the remarkable life and work of this influential figure of British graphic design.
Alan Fletcher's design of the Reuters "dot" logo is based on teleprinter tape rather than ticker tape as some believe.
Image: Top - Fletcher's 1965 Reuters logo design. Bottom - Strip of teleprinter punched tape.
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