Saturday, April 21, 2007

Derek Birdsall

Derek Birdsall was born in 1934 and remembers as a child he was obsessed with stationery and writing-pads, particularly graph-paper he found at his grandfather's office. A school teacher noticed his beautiful handwriting and recommended him for a three year foundation course in lettering, which he began at age 15. Upon finishing there he began a scholarship course at Central School of Art and Design in London which launched a strong 50 year career, for which he's won a lifetime achievement award for book and magazine design. His most well known works are Penguin book covers and magazine design for historic magazines such as Nova. His signature style is simplicity and clever grid based design, which even today is executed on the standard graph paper he coveted as a child.

Images from the British Library, ( (top), and (below).

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