Go see the master of poster design

Tom Eckersley From January 11 until January 29, the London College of Communication is paying tribute to the enormous contribution Tom Eckersley has made to graphic design and design education in Britain over six decades. His legacy as a designer, teacher and the undisputed master of poster design is breathtaking.

Mr Eckersley set up the UK’s first undergraduate graphic design course in what was then the London College of Print (LCP), now the London College of Communication. During World War Two he was a cartographer for the Royal Air Force and created designs for the General Post Office. In 1948 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his services to poster design. He joined LCP in 1954 and was Head of Graphic Design until 1977, where graduates benefiting from his tutelage included Ralph Steadman and John Hegarty… Enough said.

There are 40 of his posters from the 1940s through to the 1980s being exhibited as part of a celebration of his birth at LCC. We could bang-on about inspiration, visuals, sharp and simple communication but lets face it the work speaks for itself. We can only hope that someone decides to put some of Mr Eckersley designs on a privileged hoody.

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