Culture Now: Richard Hollis

Eschewing soggy sandwiches for cultural capital and beautiful design, the next in the ICA’s lunchtime talk series will be delivered by graphic designer Richard Hollis.

MoRADE Seeks Positive Action poster, 1968. Design by Richard Hollis, courtesy Richard Hollis
Richard Hollis typographic work

With a 50-year career behind him, Hollis will be discussing his work in relation to the social, political and aesthetic contexts in which it was produced, according to the ICA.

The talk will see him drawing on a host of imagery delineating the history of 20th century design, the gallery adds.

Book cover for The Stagnant Society by Michael Shanks. Design by Richard Hollis. Published by Penguin Books, London, 1961.

Source: Courtesy Richard Hollis.

Book cover for The Stagnant Society by Michael Shanks. Design by Richard Hollis.Published by Penguin Books, London, 1961.

Hollis has worked as a graphic designer, printer, art editor of New Society magazine, author and a teacher throughout his life, having started out studying art and typography at Chelsea School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and Central School of Art and Crafts.

In the early 1960s, he moved to Paris, culturing his interest and knowledge of European Modernist graphic design and typography.

Book cover for Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Design by Richard Hollis. Published by BBC and Penguin Books, London, 1972.

Source: Courtesy Richard Hollis.

Book cover for Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Design by Richard Hollis. Published byBBC and Penguin Books, London, 1972.

Throughout his work, Hollis has retained an ethos of working in close collaboration with his clients, which range ranged from publishers, public and educational institutions and galleries to artists and architects.

Exhibition poster for The Sights and Sounds of the Jewish East End at The Whitechapel Gallery, London. Design by Richard Hollis.1980.

Source: Courtesy Richard Hollis.

Exhibition poster for The Sights and Sounds of the Jewish East End at The WhitechapelGallery, London. Design by Richard Hollis. 1980.

Among the projects he has worked on are designing the book that accompanied John Berger’s 1972 TV series Ways of Seeing, creating the visual identity and marketing materials for the Whitechapel Gallery and penning books such as Graphic Design. A Concise History and Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965.

Culture Now: Richard Hollis takes place at 1pm on 23 August at the ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y. The talk costs £5, free for ICA members. For more information visit www.ica.org.uk

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