Live at the Archive: The Life and Design of Abram Games

Live at the Archive: The Life and Design of Abram Games
Naomi Games

Lecture at Letterform Archive

Thu, May 23, 2019

London-based Abram Games was one of the most important graphic designers of the 20th century. Spanning his career of 60 years, his work creates a striking record of the social history of modern Britain.

Approached by the Public Relations Department of the War Office in 1942 to produce a recruitment poster for the Royal Armoured Corps, Games designed around 100 posters during World War II as the uniquely-appointed Official War Poster Artist. Following the war, he created posters for London Transport, Guinness, the Financial Times, and the British Overseas Airways Corporation. He also designed the first animated identity for BBC television, many covers for Penguin Books, and the emblems for the 1951 Festival of Britain and the Queen’s Award to Industry. Games also created postage stamps issued in Britain, Jersey, and Israel.

Naomi will talk about her father’s personal philosophy of “maximum meaning, minimum means”. She will relate personal stories, show his designs and progressive sketches, and explain his working process.

Doors at 6:00pm. Presentation begins promptly at 6:30pm.

About Naomi Games

Naomi Games, along with her brother, sister, and mother was brought up in the home where her father also worked; they became Abram Games’s sternest critics. As he completed each design, he would ask his family member to comment. If his children failed to grasp the meaning of his work, he would begin again. After attending the London College of Painting, when Tom Eckersley was Head of the Department of Design, Naomi worked as a freelance designer and as a play leader with children of all ages. She has written and illustrated the nine educational activity books for children and co-written a monograph on Abram Games and several other books about his work. Since her father's death, she has organized touring exhibitions of his work, lectures, and runs his archive.