The final version of the CD-ROM immortalising the work of graphics giant FHK Henrion has now been completed and is being used to woo commercial publishers to back the Icograda design archive project.
The CD-ROM, initially previewed in February 1995, has been put together by graphic design course leader Mike Hope at Nottingham Trent University. It is planned as the first in a library of archives featuring the work of prominent designers.
Kingston University’s design department is currently working on archives of Reynolds Stone and Tom Eckersley. And Hope is to start work on an archive of Dick Guyatt’s work.
The Henrion CD-ROM comes five years after the formation of the steering committee for the international design archive on behalf of Icograda. Committee president Nick Jenkins, who took over from the archive’s instigator Willy de Majo after his death in 1993, has approached publishers with a view to establishing a commercial library.
“Publishers have expressed interest, but have been waiting for the product,” says Jenkins. “The Government’s short-sighted cuts in education funding means we’ve explored commercial avenues.”
Jenkins is stepping down as president due to other commitments. Book designer and publisher David Playne is taking over.