Honesty the best policy for Bob Gill

‘You will see no progression whatsoever.’ – Bob Gill on his work, stretching from the 1950s to the 1990s.

‘I met two shipping clerks and I said, “You know, you could be designers if you smartened yourselves up”‘ – Gill on forming Fletcher Forbes and Gill with Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes in 1961.

‘Then they threw me out. I had a very serious drug problem’ – Gill on his decision to leave Fletcher Forbes and Gill in 1966. The group then became Pentagram.

‘Philistine bastards’ – Gill’s definition of certain unappreciative clients.

The above words of wisdom were uttered by the US graphics guru at British Design and Art Direction’s President’s Lecture last week.

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