GraphicDesign& advocates for what graphic design can do and why it matters. Intelligent books, vivid exhibitions and thought-provoking talks and events explore how graphic design connects with the wider world and the value that it brings. Informing, educating, entertaining, provoking – and challenging perceptions about what and who graphic design is for. Established by graphic designer Lucienne Roberts and design educator Rebecca Wright, GraphicDesign& uses the Bliss Bibliographic Classification system as its framework, partnering graphic designers with experts in Literature, Politics, Health and beyond.

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Lucienne Roberts is director of studio LucienneRoberts+, committed to making accessible, engaging work with a socially aware agenda. Clients include Wellcome Collection, Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum. She was Typographer-in-Residence 2018 at HMCT, ArtCenter, Los Angeles, is a Fellow of the RSA and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.
Rebecca Wright is a design educator and writer, Dean of Academic Programmes at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. She lectures and acts as a consultant at academic institutions across the UK and abroad, is a D&AD trustee and was vice president of ico-D, the International Council of Design, 2015–17.
Lucienne and Rebecca were among Creative Review magazine’s 50 Creative Leaders 2017.
The premise behind GraphicDesign& is that graphic design only exists because it is connected to all other subjects. The Bliss Bibilographic Classification system suits this idea perfectly because it allows for the same book to be in more than one location within a library. GraphicDesign& uses the Bliss system as its framework, gradually publishing titles that link graphic design to each of the Bliss system’s top level subjects. The Bliss system was the brainchild of American Henry E Bliss (1870–1955) while he was an assistant librarian in New York. Bliss developed it using his typewriter and its quaintly typographic codes are therefore comprised of combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numerals and every typographical symbol that happened to be available to him. The code for graphic design is WFG.