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A history of women in graphics in Britain

Information about the designers in the A+ show at Central Saint Martins, 2016, names G – H

GraphicDesign& publishes books that explore how graphic design connects with the rest of the world. Set up by graphic designer Lucienne Roberts and design educator Rebecca Wright, the three books it has published so far are included in the A+ exhibition.

Graphic Designers Surveyed (2016) reveals how graphic designers feel about working in their industry today answering survey questions on topics 'from ethics to education, money to motivation, clients to creativity'. Golden Meaning (2014) explores the relationship between graphic design and mathematics through 55 designers' typographers' and image makers' interpretations of the golden mean. Great Expectations (2012) examines the relationship between graphic design, typography and reading in the context of the book. 70 graphic designers were given the same brief: to interpret the first page of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations' resulting in a creative exploration, challenge and celebration of the conventions of book typography.
http://designobserver.com/feature/graphicdesign-everything-graphic-design-and-the-wider-world/38480
http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/bliss-in-that-evening-to-be-alive
http://www.itsnicethat.com/news/graphic-designers-surveyed-results-150116

Heather 'Herry' Perry (1893–1962) was a student of the Central School of Arts and Crafts during the mid to late 1920s. Heather designed posters for the London Underground Group and London Transport between 1928 and 1937, and this work is reproduced on several items for sale in the London Transport Museum shop today. Also well known for her book illustrations, Heather's varied career encompassed contributions to Punch, designing pub signs and playing cards, and exhibiting work at the Society of Wood Engravers at the Redfern Gallery, London. Examples of her work are held in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection. A reprint from her original 1930s Southampton Row woodcut is shown in the A+ show.

Helen Ingham studied on the MA Communication Design course at CSM from 2003 to 2005, following earlier career forays into offset printing, animation, music and design. During this time Helen set up her own letterpress printing studio and took an internship at legendary letterpress studio Hatch Showprint in Nashville. Helen now combines teaching letterpress at Central Saint Martins with her own lettepress studio Hi-Artz Press. I chose Helen's print 'Do Some Work' as it combines deep specialist knowledge of the letterpress process (for example using polychromic type) with a broad appeal – it is one of three Hi-Artz prints currently being sold by UK high street chain store John Lewis. Helen's work was been included in the recent "Ladies of Letterpress" book, and exhibited in several group shows, and a solo show in 2011.

Huntley Muir

In 1982, illustrators Su Huntley and Donna Muir found themselves sharing a studio, and Huntley Muir was formed. Their work encompasses illustration, graphics, painting and drawing, animation, set design and installation. Su studied at Central Saint Martins from 1967 to 1970; then at the Royal College of Art from 1970 to 1973 where she taught until 1984, sometimes with Donna. Their commercial illustration has been put to diverse uses, from annual reports to opera posters; on postage stamps, record and book covers; and commissioned for newspapers, magazines and advertising. Huntley Muir are patrons of the Association of Illustrators. For the A+ show, Huntley Muir lent their 2012 Olympic stamp (from the set designed by David Hillman studio), a 1986 poster for Channel 4's 'Dance on 4', and record covers including Joan Armatrading's The Key (1983) and Sting's Bring on the Night (1986). 

Huntley Muir 'Dance on 4' poster, 1986, on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Huntley Muir 'Dance on 4' poster, 1986, on display at the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Huntley Muir record cover design for Joan Armatrading (1983) on display in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Huntley Muir record cover design for Joan Armatrading (1983) on display in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Huntley Muir 2012 stamp, displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016

Huntley Muir 2012 stamp, displayed in the A+ exhibition at Central Saint Martins in 2016