Richard Hollis Archive

  • Reference
      GB 1837 DES/HOL
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      13 boxes; 3m (approx.)

Scope and Content

The core of the material is as selected for an exhibition 'Richard Hollis', curated by Emily King and held first at the Gallery Libby Sellers, London, from 23 March-28 April 2012. It then toured through 2013 to the Centre Pompidou, Paris; ECAL, Lausanne; and Artists Space New York. A small amount of further material has been added to this.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Hollis is a graphic designer, writer and teacher.

He studied at Chelsea, Wimbledon and Central Schools during the 1950s. In the early 1960s, while establishing his design practice, he taught at London College of Printing and the Chelsea School of Art. With Norman Potter, he founded a new School of Design at the West of England College of Art in Bristol, where he taught from 1964-1966. He also taught at the Central School of Art until 1978, working alongside Anthony Froshaug.

Hollis's clients have included the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 'New Society' magazine, and a large body of work for the Whitechapel Art Gallery (1970-2 and 1978-1985), reflecting his cultural and political affinities, and his interest in what he calls the 'social process' of the relationship between designer and client. He has designed many books, including John Berger's 'Ways of Seeing'; (1972), which broke new ground in its integration of image and text.

Hollis has described himself as 'naturally pedagogic', with an interest in explaining the systems of graphic design. his writings include 'Graphic Design: A Concise History' (1994) and 'Swiss Graphic Design' (2006).

Hollis was elected a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in 2005. He lives and works in London.



Access Information

Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 44 (0)1273 643217 or email

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the Design Archives by Richard Hollis, 2014.

Other Finding Aids

Exhibition catalogue list available at repository.

Archivist's Note

Record created by Sue Breakell

Conditions Governing Use

Permission must be sought to publish any material from the collection. Email


Books by Richard Hollis:

'Graphic design: a concise history' (Thames & Hudson, 2001)

'Swiss graphic design: the origins and growth of an international style 1920-1965' (Laurence King, 2006)