University of Brighton Design Archives

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An original pastel drawing on green paper of the general layout of the British Gurana section of the Commonwealth Institute by James Gardner. Taken from the James Gardner Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

James Gardner

James Gardner (1907-1995) was one of Britain’s most imaginative post-war designers.   Best known for his exhibition work, he applied his skills in a variety of contexts; from illustration to ship design. The archive comprises works on paper that describe individual design projects together with business correspondence and private papers. Original plans and drawings relate…

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Detail from a For Liberty exhibition poster designed by FHK Henrion. Taken from the FHK Henrion Archive house at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

F H K Henrion

Henrion (1914-1990) was born in Germany and studied textile design in Paris before joining the poster design school of Paul Colin. During the Second World War he was employed by the British Ministry of Information and the US Office of War Information. Art editor of various publications, he developed a reputation as a designer of…

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A Camden Votes Yes to Europe printed page with handwritten notes all around it. Taken from the Richard Hollis Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Richard Hollis

Richard Hollis is a graphic designer, writer and teacher. This archive documents the range of his practice across graphic design, writing, teaching and activism. Hollis has taught at various London art schools, as well as having established, with Norman Potter, the School of Design at the West of England College of Art in Bristol in…

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A colourful detail from a poster from the Icograda Archive, depicting the city of Porvoo in Finland. University of Brighton Design Archives.


The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) has been the professional world body for graphic design and visual communication since it was founded in London in 1963. A voluntary grouping of world-wide associations with a strong educational remit, it promotes the role of graphic design in both society and commerce. The ICOGRADA archive comprises…

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Detail of the Design Integration booklet in connection with the ICSID event which took place in Helsinki in 1981. Taken from the ICSID Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.


The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) was founded in London in 1957 with the aim of promoting the status of industrial designers, raising the standard of industrial design through training and education, and encouraging cooperation between industrial designers around the world. By the end of the 1960s ICSID included over 40 member…

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A detail of an eye on yellow background from the Black Eyes and Lemonade exhibition by Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones (1912-1978) studied mural decoration at the Royal College of Art and was part of the circle of artists associated with its heyday in the 1930s. Various shipping companies, hotels and restaurants commissioned her designs and she worked on many important exhibitions. James Gardner requested her involvement over several decades: with ‘Design Fair’ for…

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A pastel colour sketch of a ladies clothing display. Taken from the Natasha Kroll Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Natasha Kroll

Natasha Kroll (1912 – 2004) studied display design at the Reimann School in Berlin, and joined its teaching staff when the school moved to London in 1936. In 1942 Kroll was appointed display manager at Simpson (Piccadilly) Ltd where her display philosophy, rooted in European modernism, complemented the new premises designed by Joseph Emberton. In…

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A black and white graph from the W H Mayall Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives

W H Mayall

W H Mayall (1923-1998) began his career as a draughtsman in the aviation industry. In 1959 he moved to the Council of Industrial Design, later becoming Senior Projects Officer. He lectured, wrote articles and books, liased with industry and mounted conferences and exhibitions. This collection of papers reflects all aspects of his work and also…

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Detail from an Arnold Rothholz designed Post Office Savings Bank poster. Taken from the Arnold Rothholz Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

H A Rothholz

Hans Arnold Rothholz (1919-2000) was born in Dresden. He arrived in Britain in 1933 and enrolled at the Reimann School where he studied commercial art and display design. Rothholz went on to design posters for clients including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) and the Post Office. In the late 1940s he…

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A colour photograph of a metal wall lamp with a red lamp. Taken from the Bernard Schottlander Archive housed at the University of Brighton Design Archives.

Bernard Schottlander

Bernard Schottlander (1924-1999) is best known for his public sculpture. He began his career as a welder and plater and attended evening classes in sculpture at Leeds School of Art, later transferring to the Central School of Arts and Crafts where he studied industrial design between 1949 and 1951. Schottlander went on to teach metalwork…

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