Johnny Ive, designer of Apple products, whom you’ll recognise from product launches, once had a design of a toilet rejected by a client. He also persuaded Steve Jobs to embrace white, the apple range definitely demonstrates his subtle love for the colour…
Jon Hicks, English designer of Firefox, Mailchimp and Opera interface. He also designed the Skype emoticons.
Provocative Neville Brody, designed many typefaces on top of being art director for The Face. Do you remember that punk inspired mag?
Peter Saville, prolific designer of the hottest record sleeves for the likes of Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Wham! Did you know: Adidas asked him to design a high-top shoe, which he did reluctantly….
Rian Hughs, pivotal typographer, graphic, logo designer and comic artist; worked with the biggest brands in history. He arrived at his first agency interview late with a dollop of dog drops on his portfolio, which then spread to the boardroom table and his shirt. Since then he’s only spread gold.
Graphic designer, Storm Thorgerson worked on all the album covers of the Rock Greats. Surrealist artists such as Magritte influenced his work.
Before computer technology, he lit a stunt man on fire to create an image for Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album. A moustache was injured during this production.
Pioneer Malcom Garrett built his success on the design of record sleeves also. As an early adopter of technology two decades ago, he foresaw the interactive TV as a “pragmatic direction,” that people would learn to trust.
Alan Fletcher, leading post-war graphic designer mastered minimalism to escape the style trap.
I like to reduce everything to its absolute essence because that is a way to avoid getting trapped in a style.
Camden Dweller, illustrator, graphic designer and art director, Kate Moross is known for her psychedelic work for Grafik magazine. Have you seen her Top shop clothing line?
To become a designer in a league of your own like these pioneers, work for the right companies and on the right projects.