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Professional Practice lecture this week, on Wednesday 22nd March at 2pm in the Sallis Benney Theatre, will be by George Hardie.

George Hardie is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator, best known for his work producing cover art for the albums of rock musicians and bands with the British art design group Hipgnosis.

After attending Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London, Hardie partnered in Nicholas Thirkell Associates (NTA Studios) collaborating with Bob Lawrie, Bush Hollyhead and Malcolm Harrison, as well as Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.


His work includes the cover artwork for Led Zeppelin’s debut album, Led Zeppelin, as well as that for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here. George Hardie has worked internationally both as a designer and illustrator.


Hardie’s research expertise involves graphic communication. His aspiration ‘to notice things and get things noticed’, which covers both making work and teaching, involves the telling of stories (Visual Narrative), disciplined gathering and categorisation of ideas and objects (Collecting as a design tool), understanding and inventing restrictions, involving audiences. (Rules and Games, Extended metaphors).


George Hardie taught illustration at the University of Brighton from the early 1980s. He become Professor in 1990. Since 1990, George has taught postgraduate students of graphic design at the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts, until his retirement in 2014. He continues to work with PhD students.


He is International Secretary for the Alliance Graphique Internationale and a Royal Designer for Industry. The University of Brighton has provided him with an academic home, and base for operations, for the last three decades.


There is currently an exhibition, ‘George Hardie: Fifty Odd Years’, showing the Grand Parade gallery, until the 7th April.,-george