Graham McCallum: Five Decades of Design

Broadcast design legend and Kemistry co-founder Graham McCallum turns 70 this year, and to mark his five decades in design, the Kemistry Gallery is holding a retrospective of his work.

A BBC2 logo, designed by Graham
A BBC2 logo, designed by Graham

McCallum’s highlights include suggesting that BBC2 redesign its title logo, with the numeral later used in iconic idents. He also worked on CNN’s first major redesign in 2004 and developed idents and title sequences for a number of well-loved shows.

McCallum started his career in the BBC graphics department in 1966 and initially worked on children’s programmes including Playschool and Crystall Tips and Alistair.

Crystal Tipps and Alistair, co-created by Graham McCullum
Crystal Tipps and Alistair, co-created by Graham McCullum

He then moved on to become graphic design director for BBC2’s live-comic strip Jane, while developing idents and title sequences for the likes of Blackadder.

McCallum sidenlined as an illustrator, creating work for BBC tie-ins of shows such as Jackanory, as well as various books and magazines, including Penthouse.

Cover for Mogul Thrash's eponymous album
Cover for Mogul Thrash’s eponymous album

McCallum co-founded his first consultancy MKD in 1986, working on projects including launch branding for the Discovery Channel, and in 1997 set up Kemistry with Ricky Churchill.

The show at Kemistry Gallery, which was set up by the consultancy in 2004, will feature work from the five decades of McCallum’s career, from his early BBC work right through to Kemistry’s recent rebrands.

Graham with the CNN branding
Graham with the CNN branding

Graham McCallum, Five Decades of Design, is at Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, London EC2A, from 22-30 November.

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