Thursday, 11 February 2010

Alan Fletcher, Fifty years of graphic work and play...

Alan Fletcher has been described as ‘Britain’s best ever graphic designer’ by the Observer and ‘one of the giants of 20th Century design’ by the Guardian, So I was interested to go and see an exhibition of his work at the CUBE gallery in Manchester.

‘Alan Fletcher was the most prolific graphic designer of the 20th Century and his legacy continues to influence global trends in graphic design. This will be the first time that Manchester has seen such a vast and important retrospective archive celebrating fifty years of Alan’s work (and play).’

This comprehensive exhibition includes original sketches, posters, objects and archive footage spanning Fletcher’s work from his student days at the RCA to the playful and more personal work he created after leaving Pentagram in 1992.

I was really impressed with this exhibition, I have been to exhibitions at the CUBE in the past and haven’t been too keen, but the work shown in this exhibition and the way it was displayed was really inspirational. 

I wasn’t overly aware of Alan Fletchers work before I came to visit the exhibition, but I was surprised at the volume of work that interested me. His work spanned over a number of different disciplines from his rough sketches to his graphic prints. There were a number of pieces that I loved and I think I will use his work as inspiration for this term. His typographic pieces impressed me because they were so simple but so striking. It has become clear to me that I like simple design with decorative twists. Alan’s work fitted this scenario.

Love this typographic poster, Simple yet striking.

One of my favourite pieces in the exhibition. Flora logo.

Collage work that really got my attention.

This concertina style book was intersting, through its use of technique, colour, photography and text.

Alan Fletcher: Fifty years of graphic work (and play) 

‘Alan was ever-aware that what touched him had the potential to touch others. His open-minded panoramic view of the world always allowed him to see when something was good, regardless of its provenance’, Peter Saville, Creative Director, Manchester.

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