british graphic design – the compendium

research project

Mainz / London / Frankfurt


The book about british graphic design started as part of a course at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. In 2007, I researched Britain’s design scene in a small group of students. Thereby arised a huge archive with work of british designers where we should take only those which we defined as very british.
At the end the job was done. Still there were doubts about the categorisation, because we still had so much more material (see below for previous work).


In 2009, one and a half year later, Sita del Cano and me decided to resume the work: I talked with designers in London. On of them (Harry Pearce, partner of Pentagram, see also interview) suggested to divide it into decades. So it became abstracts of designers, studios, then specific topics such as publications and other important phenomenons running to 468 pages.


Another design relevant book: into town – corporate identity of towns

“British graphic design is like a rich stew.”

Harry Pearce, Pentagram