Ken Briggs: 1931-2013


Graphic designer Ken Briggs sadly passed last December. One of Britain’s great often unvisited graphic designer’s of the 60′s and 70′s. Famed for his work alongside Sue Chennell for Britain’s National Theatre during the 60′s, Brigg’s take on modernism stood out from the norm within poster and signage design.

With a superb eye for simplistic type layout, masterful production skills and an immense eye for the use of colour the work left behind has forged a bible of masterful graphic design.


Charlotte Wilkinson, the NT’s current Art Director, says: ‘Much of how the National Theatre’s print and design looks today is due to Ken, so he was an incredibly influential character on the organisation. The whole of the Graphics team, past and present, owes him a huge debt. His work is ever present in our minds.’

The National Theatre has now published a large collection of Ken Briggs work to be viewed online here:

Charlotte Wilkinson quote taken from Eye Magazine.


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