Robin Fior in London

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Graphic designer Richard Hollis proposes a conversation about Robin Fior, with whom he studied in the 1960s and worked in the magazine New Society.

As a designer, Robin Fior taught himself. As a typographer, he learned on the job, from printers, from other designers, and from his students. This illustrated talk will follow the connections between his intellectual attachment to left-wing politics, to libertarian causes and his embrace of Modernist aesthetics. The influences of Soviet, Swiss and New York graphics of the period will form part of the discussion.


Richard Hollis has been a freelance graphic designer since 1957. He was a colleague of Robin Fior at the London College of Printing in the 1960s, and was art editor at New Society weekly for which Fior made several illustrations. Since that time he has designed mostly books and art catalogues. As a design historian his books include Graphic Design: A Concise History (available in Portuguese translation), Swiss Graphic Design: Towards an International Style 1920-1970 and About Graphic Design. Henry van de Velde: The Artist as Designer was published this year.

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