A few minutes ago the Alan Fletcher archive, Work and Play, went live online. It looks to be both a fantastic resource and tribute to the late British designer’s work…
The site covers Fletcher’s design work from his student years in the 1950s right up to work completed shorty before his death in 2006.
There are sections dedicated to his work at studios Fletcher Forbes; Fletcher Forbes Gill; Crosby Fletcher Forbes; and, of course, Pentagram, formed in 1971 when the expanding studio realised it could not simply keep adding surnames to the company name.
The site also includes various pieces of writing on Fletcher and his work by, among others, Emily King, Mike Dempsey, Craig Oldham, David Bernstein, and Steven Heller.
“We want this to be the very best collection of Alan’s creative legacy,” runs the brief introduction to the archive, which is maintained by Fletcher Studio, the company set up in 2010 by the designer’s daughter, Raffaella.
On a brief first look around, it certainly looks like it will be. See for yourself at alanfletcherarchive.com.
Pink Floyd fans may recognise the cover of our June issue. It’s the original marked-up artwork for Dark Side of the Moon: one of a number of treasures from the archive of design studio Hipgnosis featured in the issue, along with an interview with Aubrey Powell, co-founder of Hipgnosis with the late, great Storm Thorgerson. Elsewhere in the issue we take a first look at The Purple Book: Symbolism and Sensuality in Contemporary Illustration, hear from the curators of a fascinating new V&A show conceived as a ‘walk-in book’ plus we have all the regular debate and analysis on the world of visual communications.
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