Graphic Design // Latest LCC exhibition celebrates life of Tom Eckersley, Master of the Poster

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Marking the centenary of the influential graphic designer’s birth, a new exhibition at London College of Communication (11 – 29 January 2014) celebrates the enormous contribution Tom Eckersley made to graphic design and design education in Britain over six decades as a practitioner, teacher and irrefutable master of poster design.

The exhibition features 40 posters selected from the University of the Arts London’s Eckersley archive, housed at London College of Communication (LCC), where Eckersley set up the UK’s first undergraduate graphic design course in 1954, at the then London College of Printing (LCP).

During a long and distinguished career Eckersley is recognised as being instrumental in conceptualising modern graphic design as a professional practice of communication distinct from commercial art.

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 (now LCC) in 1954 and was Head of Graphic Design until 1977, where graduates benefiting from his tutelage included Ralph Steadman and John Hegarty.

The show aims to recognise Eckersley’s immeasurable legacy to graphic design. On display you’ll see iconic poster designs from the 1940s through to the 1980s, created for organisations including London Transport, the United Nations, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the Worldwide Wildlife Fund and London College of Printing.

Tom Eckersley: Master of the Poster 
Private View: Friday 10 January 2014, 6– 9pm
Exhibition Open: 11 – 29 January 2014, 10am – 5pm (closed on Sundays)
Venue: Upper Street Gallery, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB

The exhibition including the opening night is open to the public and free of charge.

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8 responses

  1. Anna Hart 4 January 2014

    Tom taught me at LCP in the late 1970s, during my third year of a BA Graphic Design course.
    I found him reserved, quietly-spoken, almost a little shy, but when he offered guidance and criticism, it was always spot-on and delivered with kindness and sincerity.
    I liked and respected him.

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