Richard Hollis

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Richard Hollis
Spouse(s)Posy Simmonds[1]
ElectedRoyal Designer for Industry, 2005

Richard Hollis (born 1934) is a British graphic designer. He has taught at various art schools, written books, and worked as a printer, as a magazine editor and as a print-production manager.

Hollis was born in London and studied art and typography at Chelsea School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and Central School of Art and Crafts in London before moving to Paris in the early 1960s.[2]

Back in the UK he designed the quarterly journal Modern Poetry In Translation, became the art editor of the weekly magazine New Society and later created John Berger’s Ways of Seeing [3] He designed the visual identity and marketing material for the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. He also co-founded the School of Design at West of England College of Art.[4]

His Graphic Design. A Concise History was published in 2001,[5] and Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965 in 2006.[6] Hollis's body of work consistently suggests a strong connection between graphic design and the cultural and social conditions that inspire it.[4]

In 2005 he was made one of the two hundred Royal Designers for Industry of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.[7]


  1. ^ Christopher Wilson (Spring 2006). Richard Hollis: Interview by Christopher Wilson. London: Eye Magazine (59). Archived 6 August 2012.
  2. ^ Poynor, Rick (2004). Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design since the Sixties. London: Laurence King Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85669-422-3.
  3. ^ Berger, John; Sven Blomberg; Chris Fox; Richard Hollis (1972). Ways of Seeing. London: British Broadcasting Corporation and Penguin Books. ISBN 0-563-12244-7. (BBC). ISBN 0-14-021631-6. ISBN 0-14-013515-4 (pbk).
  4. ^ a b Drucker, Johanna (2009). "Philip Meggs and Richard Hollis: Models of Graphic Design History". Design and Culture. 1 (1).
  5. ^ Hollis, Richard (2001). Graphic Design. A Concise History. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-20347-7. ISBN 0-500-20347-4.
  6. ^ Hollis, Richard (2006). Swiss Graphic Design: The Origins and Growth of an International Style, 1920-1965. London: Laurence King Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85669-487-2.
  7. ^ Current Royal Designers: Updated: May 2008. Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Archived 30 September 2008.

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