Currently showing at the Pump House Gallery – the exhibition space within Battersea Park in London – is a presentation of early graphic design work for the National Theatre by Ken Briggs.
Briggs worked with the NT for a number of years from its opening in 1963 under literary director Kenneth Tynan. His design work there drew on Swiss modernist style, with Briggs choosing to use Univers for the programme texts and Akzidenz Medium for the headings.
According to the Pump House, Briggs introduced a new programme size that would fit easily into “an evening handbag and a dinner-jacket pocket”. He also advised the introduction of advertising pages into the programmes to cover printing costs – these were positioned in a separate section to the editorial texts.
The show at Pump House includes a selection of material from the 60s and 70s including original programmes, screenprints and leaflets. The exhibition continues until May 17.