INspiration Wednesday: Bob Gill

 “No matter how many times your amazing, absolutely brilliant work is rejected by the client, for whatever dopey, arbitrary reason, there is often another amazing, absolutely brilliant solution possible. Sometimes it’s even better.

Bob Gill (b January 17, 1931), American illustrator and graphic designer. In 1960 after an interview in a New York hotel room for a job in London, he moved to the UK to work for a “hack advertising agency”, according to Gill, which was later sold to Grey Advertising (now Grey Global Group).

April Fool’s Day, 1962, Gill, Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes established Fletcher/Forbes/Gill design studio, the forerunner of Pentagram. More than 100,000 copies of the partnership’s book,Graphic Design: Visual Comparisons (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1963), were sold. F/F/G soon outgrew their small studio and moved into a huge Victorian former gun factory on a canal. They started the Designers and Art Directors Association D&AD and opened a second office in Geneva.

For his graphic design work, Gill has won a number of awards, sold illustrations to EsquireArchitectural ForumFortuneSeventeen, and The Nation magazines and has illustrated children’s books and designed film titles. He has also designed for Apple Corps records, Rainbow Theater, Pirelli, Nestlé, CBS, Universal Pictures, Joseph Losey, Queen (now Harpers & Queen), High Times magazines and the United Nations. He was elected to the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Designers and Art Directors Association of London has presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

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