Tom Hingston

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Tom Hingston (born 1973) is a British graphic designer and creative director working in London. He is known for his collaborative design work with musicians, both as cover and promotional art as well as music videos.

Early work[edit]

Following a degree at Central St Martins, in the late nineties he worked with art director Neville Brody.[1] After leaving Brody's in 1997 he designed posters and sleeves for the Blue Note Club in London's Hoxton Square. It was during this period that Hingston was first introduced to the band Massive Attack, with whom he developed a long term creative relationship, collaborating on all of the bands artwork - most notably for the Mezzanine (album), created with photographer Nick Knight and frontman Robert Del Naja.[citation needed] [2]

Collaboration with musicians[edit]

Hingston has collaborated with many musicians and artists, including Grace Jones, for whom he created life-size casts in chocolate,[3] Nick Cave, Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, Chemical Brothers [4] and Robbie Williams.[5][6] He has also directed three music videos for David Bowie,[7][8] for 'I'd Rather Be High' from The Next Day the single 'Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)' [9] and the posthumous promo for No Plan (EP) [10] Through moving image work, Hingston has partnered in a number of film title collaborations with directors such as Joe Wright for Pan, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, Hannah and Anna Karenina and Anton Corbijn for Control, A Most Wanted Man and Life.[11]

Other work[edit]

He wrote the book Porn? in collaboration with Dazed & Confused magazine. The book is a compendium of works by photographers and artists, all to some degree pornographic.[12]

Hingston's work outside music covers a broad spectrum of brands from fashion, technology and lifestyle. His work can be found in and magazines on the subject of music, visual culture and design [13][14] and has been exhibited at a number of galleries and institutions including the Design Museum, The Barbican [15] and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

His design studio, Hingston Studio [16] opened in 1997 and has won a number of awards for work in graphic design and typography.


  • Hingston, Tom. Porn? London: Vision On, 2002. ISBN 9780953747979
  • Mason, Daniel, and Tom Hingston. Tom Hingston Studio. Tokyo: DesignEXchange, 2002. ISBN 9784860832643


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