Abram Games

Recent articles about Abram Games

A man of high purpose

Issue 89, Winter 2014


Drawn from the magnificent archive of the artist’s family, this engaging…

Social vision

Issue 52, Summer 2004


RoSPA’s Second World War safety posters challenge orthodox views of British Modernism

Recent blog posts by Abram Games

Optimism and purpose

2 May 2019

The wartime posters of Abram Games retain their persuasive power. Review by Monika Parrinder
This big retrospective exhibition of wartime posters by Abram Games at the National Army Museum is an opportunity to learn from the past, writes Monika Parrinder.

Noted #87

27 June 2018

Harlow town at 70, Shakespeare and (Abram) Games, Tipi di Bologna, Marian Bantjes’ certificates and Walbaum revisited
Here are a few things that caught our attention in recent weeks.

Friendships and glue

30 May 2017

A book of scrapbook pages gives new insights into the world of illustrator Edward Bawden
Designer-illustrator Edward Bawden is remembered for a prolific career that embraced posters, book covers, illustrations, murals and set design, writes John L. Walters.

Warning cries

14 January 2016

Paul Rennie casts new light on RoSPA’s safety posters. Review of Safety First by Clare Walters
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) employed many of the best designers of the twentieth century to make its safety posters.

AK and A23D on press

18 September 2014

Two 21st-century letterpress projects breathe new life into this arcane, antiquated but much-loved method of mark-making
The LDF’s opening graphic weekend featured plenty of stimulating events and fascinating displays, with workshops, movies (Lost Highway), demonstrations, talks (Paula Scher, Irma Boom), David David’s Carousel Wall in the tunnel entrance, and Barber & Osgerby’s vertiginous Double Space – huge rotating mirrors – in the Raphael Gallery, writes John L Walters.

Poster engineer

8 July 2014

Naomi Games profiles the life and work of her father Abram Games in this recent book from the Antique Collectors’ Club
Flaubert once wrote that when one writes the biography of a friend or relative, one should do it as if taking revenge on that person’s behalf, writes John L. Walters

Straight from the gentleman in Whitehall

21 May 2014

Information posters told British citizens what to do about nearly everything – from posting early to eating potatoes, writes Clare Walters
From protecting national secrets to guiding work choices, from cleaning our teeth to dish-washing, public information posters have advised the British public what to do for generations, writes Clare Walters.

Books received #2

31 July 2013

After Butler’s Wharf from the RCA’s CWAD graduates, Vapourware, Tractor Boys, Map of Days and Abram Games’s Penguin covers

Wanted: space for posters

7 March 2013

In the wake of last week’s V&A symposium, two attendees make an impassioned plea for the foundation of a British poster museum.
For more than two centuries the poster has occupied public space on hoardings, building sites, the sides of buses and commercial vehicles, plus every conceivable spot where these images might be caught within the public eye, write Naomi and Daniel Games.

Back when the future looked bright

25 January 2013

A printed guide to the 1951 Festival of Britain prompted Nigel Ball to consider the value placed on design by governments – then and now
Not seeing the value of investment in design is a folly of the current British government, writes Nigel Ball.