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Taking the Bliss Bibliographic Classification system as a framework, each GraphicDesign& publication connects graphic design to another subject area. From philosophers to chemists, anthropologists to economists, psychologists to theologians, every GraphicDesign& output is a bespoke collaboration between graphic designers and experts from other fields.

GraphicDesign& is the creation of Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright. They are an unusual combination. A pessimist and an optimist; a practitioner and design educator; one rooted in typography, the other in image-making. Both are idealists, but not unrealistic, and passionate enthusiasts for their subject.

Lucienne Roberts

Lucienne Roberts is a graphic designer who allies a commitment to accessible, engaging graphic design with a socially aware agenda. Her studio, LucienneRoberts+, specialises in design for the voluntary, charity and arts sectors. She was a signatory of the First Things First 2000 manifesto, which called for greater design responsibility; has taught widely and is external examiner of BA Typography and Graphic Communication at Reading University. Lucienne will be speaking in London, at the international design conference POINT, this May. The conference theme is ‘authenticity’.

LucienneRoberts+ design projects include: exhibition design for The British Council, Kensington Palace, Petrie Museum and Wellcome Collection; identities for Arts Council England, David Miliband’s leadership campaign and AVA Academia; and book design for the Design Museum, Triangle Arts Trust and Panos London. Lucienne writes regularly for Eye magazine and Grafik and her books include The Designer and the Grid [2002, Rotovision] and Good: An Introduction to Ethics in Graphic Design [2006, AVA Academia].

With Rebecca Wright, Lucienne co-wrote Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design [2010, Laurence King Publishing].

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright is Programme Director of Communication Graphic Design and Course Leader of MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Rebecca has been involved in design education since she graduated from the Royal College of Art and as a design educator and writer for last 13 years, she has lectured, spoken at events and acted as consultant at academic institutions in the UK and abroad, most recently in Berlin, Cape Town and Treviso. Her writing on design and design education has been published in books and journals and she is currently writing a book on research methods in graphic design for Laurence King Publishing.

Rebecca is chair and speaker for an ambitious annual art and design education programme at the Institute of Education, London where other speakers have included Bridget Riley, Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry.

With Lucienne Roberts, Rebecca co-wrote Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design [2010, Laurence King Publishing].

Lucienne and Rebecca, and the GraphicDesign& endeavour, are supported by the efforts of:

  • Lynne Elvins: business mentor
  • John F McGill: design and technical support
  • David Shaw: design and technical support
  • James Ward: design and studio support
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