I often get asked who my Graphic Design heroes are, who are the people who inspired me to start my own agency? Technology has changed the way Graphic Design is portrayed as a career, how the ideas and concepts are executed, and the media across which the design work itself is seen. But good design is still good design. Here are a few designers, who despite the changes in the industry over recent years, their work has stood the test of time.
An American designer, David Carson is well known for his experimental typographic work. He was art director for a magazine called Ray Gun, which during my time as a student in the late 90s, served as a big source of inspiration. Layered ‘grungy’ type with texture, irregular spacing and photocopy-style textures, the design embodied the time. Here is one of the covers featuring Damon Albarn from Blur.
London born Neville Brody is well known for his work on The Face magazine and Arena. He has designed numerous well known typefaces and also some album covers for bands such as Depeche Mode. Below is an example of some of the work he created in collaboration with Nike.
Graphic designer Saul Bass was best known for his range of film posters and motion picture title sequences. Films he worked on include The Shining and Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
He was also a master of logo design, creating designs for brands such as Minolta, United Airlines and AT&T.