George Hardie (artist)

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George Hardie (born 1944) is an English graphic designer, illustrator and educator, best known for his work producing cover art for the albums of rock musicians and bands with the British art design group Hipgnosis.

After attending St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art in London, Hardie partnered in Nicholas Thirkell Associates (NTA Studios) collaborating with Bob Lawrie, Bush Hollyhead and Malcolm Harrison,[1] as well as Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis. His work includes the cover artwork for Led Zeppelin's debut album, Led Zeppelin (1969), as well as that for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) and Wish You Were Here (1975). As a designer/illustrator, Hardie has worked internationally.[2]

Since 1990, Hardie has taught postgraduate students of graphic design at the University of Brighton's Faculty of Arts. In 1994, Hardie became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, for which he now serves as International Secretary.[2] He retired in 2014.[3]


  1. ^ Dempsey, Mike (June 20, 2011). "NTA - Collaborative Genius". Mike Dempsey. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  2. ^ a b "George Hardie: Fifty Odd Years". 2012-07-06. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  3. ^ "Professor George Hardie retires". 2014-04-24. Retrieved 2017-05-17. Globally-recognised illustrator, researcher and Brighton favourite, Professor George Hardie retires from his teaching role in the prestigious Illustration programme at the Faculty of Arts.

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