RCA goes for Brody

The Royal College of Art has announced that Neville Brody has been confirmed as the new Head of the Department of Communication Art & Design. Good choice?

Neville Brody, photograph © Johnny McGeorge

The Royal College of Art has announced that Neville Brody has been confirmed as the new Head of the Department of Communication Art & Design

In a statement from the RCA, it was claimed that Brody’s “appointment will help the Royal College of Art explore new challenges and directions in the rapidly-moving world of communications”.

RCA Rector Dr Paul Thompson, said “Neville Brody is both an eloquent advocate and a superb practitioner. His design talent traverses so many different media – traditional print and typography through to online and motion graphics, and packaging. He is one of the most influential designers of his generation and perfectly captures the interdisciplinary ethos of the Department of Communication Art & Design.”

For his part, Brody says “The position is a great honour and challenge. The Royal College of Art sits at the threshold of a new and vital moment in communications history, an extraordinary time and one that will deeply affect all of us. I am excited by this possibility of joining of the dots – of combining the RCA’s deep sense of history, craft and experience with a dynamic, relevant and exploratory approach to art and design communications. The RCA is a centre of excellence for art and design, and is the de facto natural home for all visual communications.”

CR understands that those also in the running included Quentin Newark, Rick Poynor, illustrator and head of Kingston’s School of Communication Design Lawrence Zeegen; St Martins tutor Andrew Haslam; designer Cornel Windlin; and designer/writer William Holder.

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