TYPO London 2011 Places

Neville Brody

Over the last thirty years, Neville Brody has built up a deserved reputation as an outstanding designer. His work is international in scope, both on his own projects and commissions and as part of his Research Studio network, on commercial projects for a diverse range of clients. Brody is a renowned designer, typographer, art director, brand strategist and consultant, while also contributing to a variety of cultural and educational initiatives, which have recently seen him appointed by The Royal College of Art as Head of Department for Visual Communications. He is also currently chair of D&AD's education sub-committee and also sits as chair on the BBC Online Creative Advisory Board, is a member of the film education advisory board to the DCMS.

Brody studied in London at  the Hornsey School of Art and then the London College of Printing, before joining Rocking Russian to design record sleeves. In 1980, Brody joined Stiff Records where recognition for his work led to him become art director at the independent label, Fetish Records, where he produced notable projects and iconic work for Cabaret Voltaire and industrial post-punk band 23 Skidoo in particular. Then in 1981 Brody became art director at the groundbreaking street magazine The Face, working there until 1986, when he moved to men’s style and lifestyle bible, Arena Magazine.

In April 1988 the V&A Museum (London) held an exhibition of his work to accompany his first monograph, The Graphic Language of Neville Brody, which became the world’s best selling graphic design book.

Neville Brody Studio was renamed Research Studios in 1994, coinciding with the publication of his second book by Thames and Hudson. Key include BBC, Sony Playstation, D&AD, The Times, Nike, Dom Perignon, Parco (Japan), Bonfire Snowboarding, The Barbican, Asics, The ICA, Apple, Microsoft, MTV Europe, Issey Miyake, Philips, Bentley, Kenzo, Chloe, Martell, Salomon, The Guardian, Deutsche Bank, YSL and Wallpaper*

Selected seminal projects by Research Studios have included branding and packaging for Kenzo perfumes; brand strategy, identity and application work for Issey Miyake, bodies of work for the ICA and Royal Court Theatre; the branding and visual identity for the ONE campaign in American; branding, visual identity and advertising for Bonfire Snowboarding; a complete redesign of The Times newspaper; developing the strategy and designing the identity for Somerset House; brand development, art direction and packaging for Champagne house Dom Perignon and the D&AD annual.

Perhaps some of the most significant projects by Brody to-date have been the experimental languages he has produced for typography publication, Fuse, which has produced three major conferences with more being planned. An exhibition of Fuse was held at Ginza Graphic Gallery (Japan) in 1999. Fuse was published by FontShop, which Brody was a key partner of, for which he has designed many typefaces, including Industria and Blur. Recent typefaces by the Brody include ‘New Deal’ originally used for the 2009 film by Michael Mann, Public Enemies and Peace 2 developed for Wallpaper* magazines August 2009 edition.

Recent personal projects by Brody include a new book Neville Brody produced by the Ginza Graphic Gallery (Japan) and exhibition at the Rocket Gallery (Tokyo) in January 2009; The Freedom Space installation at the Design Museum London (2009) for their show Super Contemporary alongside design luminaries such as Paul Smith, Baber Osgerby and Zaha Hadid; Free me From Freedom a limited edition poster for Embedded Art at the Acadmie der Kunste, Berlin (2009); and his ‘Unentitled’ tent for the blank canvas project with the likes of Sarah Lucas, Rachel Whiteread, Tracy Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Sir Peter Blake and Vivienne Westwood. In September 2009 Arena Homme launched their 32nd issue with Brody as Creative Director.

Brody has entered new ground over the last two years. The BBC is now rolling out the results of Research Studios' complete redesign of its online visual language, while Thomson Reuters have worked with the studio on its financial products. In 2010, Brody was awarded a Special Commendation by Prince Philip for his Designers Prize alongside Vivien Westwood, and was made a Fellow of the University of the Arts, London. His one-man show was held at the ggg gallery in Tokyo, and his Anti Design Festival in London attracted over 20,000 visitors and much press debate over seven days in September. The Museum of Modern Art in New York has recently selected Brody's font Blur as part of its permanent design collection, and a book celebrating 20 years of Fuse is currently in production for publication in late 2011.
Research Studios
Talk: Friday 20:00 Logan Hall