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Professor Malcolm Garrett

Professor Malcolm Garrett RDI FISTD

With offices in London and Manchester, Malcolm Garrett is Creative Director at the design consultancy Images&Co, a creative partnership with writer Kasper de Graaf that was first established in 1981, when together they produced the ground-breaking, style magazine ‘New Sounds New Styles’.

Malcolm is widely regarded as a key influence on the development of contemporary British graphic design. As a first generation punk, at art school in Manchester in 1977, he founded the innovative graphic design group Assorted iMaGes, and subsequently created landmark designs for numerous bands throughout the late ‘70s and ‘80s

He moved to London in late 1978 to work at the heart of a music and lifestyle industry in regeneration, and in 1983 went on to establish ‘The Bank’, a collective home for designers & artists in what was then a derelict Shoreditch in East London. Developing a distinctive visual style, often described as ‘pop-constructivist’, he worked with musicians such as Buzzcocks, Magazine, Duran Duran, Boy George and Simple Minds over several years, his work evolving in sympathy as the bands themselves evolved.

In 1994 he established the pioneering digital agency, AMX, one of the first in Shoreditch (now known as ‘tech city’), working in publishing, the arts, with numerous corporate clients, and musicians such as Orbital, Oasis, Iron Maiden and Spice Girls.

Recognised with a number of Honorary Professorships and Doctorates, in 2000, he became the first RSA Royal Designer in ‘new media’, in 2015 was one of the first 10 designers in the Design Week ‘Hall of Fame’, and in 2017 he was nominated as one of Creative Review’s 50 ‘Creative Leaders’.

Malcolm is noted for his collaborative and user-focused approach to design, as well as his commitment to design education at all levels. He is an Ambassador for Manchester School of Art, and is a Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Design Manchester festival.  |  T: @malcolmgarrett  |  I: @beingmalcolmgarrett  |  @imagesco  |  @designmcr

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