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*To facilitate student experience in curating an exhibition a group of level 6 illustrators worked with the University of Brighton Design Archive to put on an exhibition in the South Galleries as part of the celebrations around the Brighton Illustration Fair 2017.
Frederick Henri Kay Henrion (1914) was a German-born designer. His long and expansive career took him from studying textile design in France, to working for the British Ministry of Information, to later starting his own design consultancy working with top European companies. He has since become the founding father of this field having worked on the branding of companies such as KLM, Tate & Lyle and The Post Office. Henrion was one of the most influential yet under-represented designers working in Britain in the 21st century.
A team of Illustration students from The University of Brighton have organised this exhibition so to shed light on the creative practice behind some of the salient products of design that still surround us today, with the belief that by looking at the affluent work of FHK Henrion we are congruently looking at a history of the development and growth of modern design. The University of Brighton Archives are in possession of an extensive collection from Henrion’s career, consisting of original artwork, photography, examples of his poster and packaging design, alongside his personal library of books on graphic and industrial design, typography and advertising. Through this collection we have the unique experience of being able to delve into Henrion’s personal processes and inspirations.