Designs on the capital

Pentagram partner Domenic Lippa and Sir John Sorrell, chairman of the London Design Festival, have commissioned 20 UK-based graphic designers to create posters with a London theme for this year’s event.

“Sir John Sorrell and I have discussed the idea of a poster exhibi­tion for a couple of years now,” explains Lippa, who has produced the London Design Festival graphics for the last three years with Sorrell. “We both live and work in London and, most importantly, love London. Both of us are graphic designers. So it seemed natural to combine our two passions into a reflection of how our capital is seen by some of the country’s most renowned graphic designers.”

The 20 designers who have produced a poster for the project are: Alan Aboud, Alan Kitching, Angus Hyland, Bibliothèque, Jonathan Ellery, Damon Murray and Stephen Sorrell of fuel, Derek and Fred Birdsall, Fernando Gutiérrez, Henrik Kubel, Jeremy Leslie, Matt Willey, Michael Wolff, Mike Dempsey, Nick Bell, Morag Myerscough, Quentin Newark, Studio Frith, Tom Hingston Studio, Tony Brook and Andy Altmann.

“We didn’t want to be too prescrip­tive,” says Lippa of the poster brief, “keeping it as open as possible with just one restriction: colour, they could only use black and red. London is an amazing city, diverse, beautiful, challenging and intriguing; we wanted the designers to make a personal statement ensuring that a variety of ideas would come through. Ironically certain themes cropped up frequently: transport, location, structure, heritage and even love.”

The resulting 20 posters have been silk screenprinted at a1 in editions of 100. One of each of the 20 designs has been framed by John Jones and are being exhibited during the festival (19–27 September) at the Sackler Centre.

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