Nigel Holmes: On Information Design
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Nigel Holmes. Born 1942 in England M.A. degree in illustration from the Royal College of Art, London, 1966. He worked for Time Magazine from 1978 to 1994 in New York City as Executive Art Director: charts, covers, administration and Graphics Director his work has appeared in important magazines and publications such as American Health; American Lawyer; Amicus Journal; Attaché (USAir magazine); Details; Discover; Business 2.0 (formerly eCompanyNow) (visual columnist); Encyclopaedia Britannica; Esquire; Fortune; GQ; George Magazin; Harper's; House & Garden; How; IBM Think Magazine; Industry Standard; Information Week; Mens Health; Modern Maturity; Money; The New Yorker; New York Times; Print; Reader's Digest; Self (Contributing Editor); Sports Illustrated; Sports Illustrated for Women; Time; Time for Kids; Encyclopaedia of 20th Century; World Business.
His projects include work for AARP; Apple; Associated Press; Banker's Trust; Bristol Myers Squibb; CNN.com; Escape Sailboats; Estée Lauder; Fortune Conference Division (animated films); GE Capital; Gillette; GM; IBM; Nike; The Planet Project; Random House; Sony; Time Education Program; United Healthcare; Visa.
He has received various Awards such as Gold awards from the Society of Newspaper Designers, AIGA; Art Directors Club of New York; Creativity;
D&AD, Silver Medal (London); DESI; Malofiej Information Graphics Awards (Silver Medal); Print Magazine; National Magazine Awards; Society of Illustrators; Society of Publication Designers
He is the Author of: Designer's Guide to Creating Charts and Diagrams 1984 (Watson-Guptill, NY). Paperback, 1990 Designing Pictorial Symbols 1985 (Watson-Guptill, NY). Paperback edition, 1991 Pictorial Maps 1991 (Watson-Guptill, NY) The Best in Diagrammatic Graphics, 1994 (Quarto/Batsford, London, UK) and Wordless Diagrams, Bloomsbury Press 2005.
From 1980-2009 he taught annually at The Stanford Professional Publishing Course, Stanford University, California and from 1983-2005 he taught at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St Petersburg, Florida. He lectures extensively in the US and abroad.
About the Author Steven Heller is the art director of the New York Times Book Review for 27 years. For the preceding three he was art director for the OP-Ed page. He has served as editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design for over fifteen years and is currently editor of its online journal VOICE. As author, co-author, and editor he has produced of over 90 books, most on the history and practice of graphic design, illustration, and satiric art.
A book about art without examples
The text is a running dialog with informational graphics designer Nigel Holmes. Every chapter presents Nigel's views on a given topic and how he interpreted that topic into commercial art, but the author does not provide any pictures of the referenced art. As a result, while the dialog is good, the book fails.