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A detail from a P&O menu designed by Dorrit Dekk. Taken from the Dorrit Dekk Archive house at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Dorrit Dekk

A colourful watercolour for the design for a mural at the Sports area in the People at Play section of the Festival of Britain Land Travelling Exhibition, 1951. Taken from the Dorrit Dekk Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Design for a mural for the Sports area in the People at Play section, Festival of Britain Land Travelling Exhibition, 1951.

Dorrit Dekk (1917-2014) was a graphic designer and artist.  Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, she studied theatre design in Vienna and then display and commercial art at the Reimann School in London.  Working for the Central Office of Information in the 1940s, and then as a freelance designer for a range of high profile clients such as the Festival of Britain Land Travelling Exhibition, P&O and Penguin Books, she became known for her distinctively playful style.

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A black and white photograph showing a display for British Nylon Spinners at the British Industries Fair, 1952. Designed by Dorrit Dekk. Taken from the Dorrit Dekk Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Display for British Nylon Spinners, British Industries Fair, 1952.

A colourful menu cover design depicting The Queen and her guards. Drwan for P&O Orient Line in the 1960s by Dorrit Dekk. Taken from the Dorrit Dekk Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Menu cover for P&O Orient Line, 1960s.

An ink doodle by Dorrit Dekk depicting a woman coming out of a beach changing room with the message of being away on holiday with dates. Taken from the Dorrit Dekk Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

‘Away on Holiday’ announcement card, 1950s.

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Sirpa Kutilainen • January 1, 1998


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