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John Burningham Posters

Now acclaimed as one of Britain’s favourite children’s authors and illustrators, John Burningham’s distinctive graphic style made its public debut on the poster hoardings of London Transport (LT) in the early 60s. A recent graduate of the Central School of Arts and Crafts, Burningham’s emerging talent was spotted by LT’s...

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Poster Parodies

In advertising, one agency’s homage can be another’s appropriation. Call it parody, plagiarism or pastiche, ‘repurposing’ a successful design for new ends has been with us since pictorial posters were first pasted onto the hoardings. In the process, the origin and meaning of a particular design can be lost as...

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Rare railway posters found under kitchen floor

Posters have survived the decades in all sorts of strange ways. Some were acquired by collectors at the time and carefully preserved. Others have turned up in printers’ archives or long forgotten store rooms. Occasionally a ‘hoard’ is found in the most unlikely of places. And that’s exactly what happened...

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Hans Unger: Graphic Designer

2015 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s most important post-war graphic designers, Hans Unger (1915-75). A prolific poster artist (he produced 117 designs for London Transport alone), Unger was also an accomplished mosaicist and illustrator. In this blog, author and designer Naomi Games (daughter of...

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An unsung poster heroine: Margaret Bradley

Until recently the huge literature on British interwar commercial art has largely ignored the significant contribution made by women designers. Thankfully, the genius of Freda Lingstrom, Sybil Andrews, Anna & Doris Zinkeisen, Dora Batty, Herry Perry and many mores is finally getting the recognition it deserves, with new publications and...

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The Poster Maps of MacDonald Gill

'...may all our worlds be coloured in an absorbing geography' (MacDonald Gill 1944) The Wonderground Map of London Town, 1914  MacDonald Gill (1884-1947) was a multi-talented man: an architect, letterer, mural painter and graphic designer. But in the public consciousness his name is inextricably linked with pictorial maps. The first...

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