Think of any iconic image, your favourite album cover, book or magazine and the chances are it will feature in this exhibition.
Communicate charts the emergence of independent British graphic design over the last forty years. It examines graphic designs influence on contemporary culture, publishing and the music industry. Highlighting its use in protest, the ever-increasing significance of the web and the experimental work created by designers who arenít compromised by working to a commercial clientís brief.
Featuring more than 600 exhibits from album covers for New Order and Primal Scream, identities for BBC 2 and Big Brother, Biba and Paul Smith, magazines including OZ and i-D, posters for CND and the Anti-Nazi League and web sites for The Guardian and Donnie Darko. Communicate celebrates the achievements of designers as diverse as Alan Fletcher, Ken Garland, Michael English, Barney Bubbles, Peter Saville, Neville Brody, The Designer's Republic, Tomato, Fuel, Intro and Hi-ReS!
Barbican Art Gallery Tours
Museum Fur Gestaltung, Switzerland 18 Mar - 7 May 06
British Council Asia Tour
Guangzhou Museum of Art, China 29 Apr - 15 May 05
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, China 2 -19 June 05
Chongqing Three Gorges Museum , China 29 Jul - 14 Aug 05
Millennium Monument- Beijing, China 16 Sept - 9 Oct 05
Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK 16 Sept 04 - 23 Jan 05
Curated by Rick Poynor.
Exhibition design by Azman Associates, in collaboration with Nick Bell.