Winter 2018

A social process

Richard Hollis Designs for the Whitechapel

By Christopher Wilson
Designed by Christopher Wilson
Hyphen Press, £30

Despite a long and eclectic career that variously spans design, printing, teaching, history and writing, Richard Hollis remains something of a cult figure. His design for John Berger’s influential book Ways of Seeing (1972) remains an important item in the design canon, although to Hollis it was just ‘another job’ among many – his design service, he says, ‘was a job. Like plumbing.’ Hollis, who spent the vast majority of his career working solo from a home studio, has been both prolific and averse to self-promotion.


Spreads and cover from Richard Hollis Designs for the Whitechapel, (Hyphen Press) designed by its author, Christopher Wilson.


Theo Inglis, writer and designer, London

Read the full version in Eye no. 95 vol. 24, 2018


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