Ken Garland, born Southampton, UK, 19 February 1929, completed his studies in graphic design at the Central School of Arts & Crafts, London , in the 1950s. He was Art Editor of Design magazine from 1956-62, when he left to establish his own graphic design studio as Ken Garland and Associates. Among his many clients were Galt Toys, Race Furniture, Barbour Index, The Butterley Group, William Heinemann, Paramount Pictures, Harper & Row; Otto Maier Verlag, The Science Museum, Cambridge University Press, Ministry of Technology, Jonathan Cape, Arts Council, Royal Parks Agency and Barbican Gallery.
He has contributed many articles to design periodicals in the UK, US, Mexico, Europe and Japan. His own publications include: First things first: a manifesto (Self-published, London, 1964); Graphics handbook (Studio Vista, London/Reinhold Publishing, New York, 1966); Illustrated graphics glossary (Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1980); Graphics, design and printing terms: an international dictionary (Lund Humphries, London/Design Press, New York, 1989); Mr Beck’s Underground map (Capital Transport, Harrow Weald, 1994); A word in your eye (Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading, 1996); Metaphors: a portfolio of text and image (Bradbourne Publishing, East Malling, 2001; A close look at pebbles/trinkets/fallen leaves (Pudkin Books, 2008); On Pollan Strand (Pudkin Books, 2008), A close look at tall windows of mexico/rickshas of bangladesh/fire hydrants (Pudkin Books, 2009), A close look at landscape sequences/street graphics of brighton/buddy bears of berlin (Pudkin Books, 2010).
In addition to fulfilling regular appointments as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Reading (1971-99), the Royal College of Art (1977-87), Central School of Art and Design (1986-91) and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (1982-92), he has lectured widely in the UK, US (three lecture tours in 1995, 1997 and 2002), Canada, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Germany and Bangladesh. He was Visiting Professor in Information Design at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico from 1999-2003, and is currently Visiting Professor in Graphic Design at Brighton University, UK.
Garland’s photographic work has been seen in the following one-man exhibitions: Linescape, lithoscape, landscape (Reading, 1987); Ken Garland: A retrospective (Reading, Coventry and Sunderland, 1997); The singing (South Armagh and Donegal, 1999); Images of Ulster and other places (Northern Ireland, 2000); Metaphors, a portfolio of text and image (Brighton and Coventry, 2002, Hull, 2003, Glasgow and Portugal, 2004); The children of Bangladesh/The rickshas of Bangladesh (Coventry and Reading 2006, Sunderland 2008); On Pollan Strand (Brighton and Sheffield 2008), Looking closer (London 2012).
Ken Garland will be interviewed by Adrian Shaughnessy at 19:00 on Friday September 22 at the Centre Pompidou.