Project Description

D&AD Beginnings

The precursor to the Design and Art Directors Association (D&AD) was the Association of Graphic Designers, London. Romek attended the first meeting of the organising committee in late 1962 to discuss its inaugural annual exhibition and the renaming of the association to D&AD. In the following months, the group produced a book, ‘17 Graphic Designers, London’ with Balding and Mansell, organised the Design and Art Directors 1963 exhibition and selected work for inclusion. Romek was on the committee and jury, and won three Certificates of Merit: two for The Observer Colour Magazine, for editorial spreads and editorial design, and a third for his poster design for the London Planetarium.

17 GraphicDesigners London. Printed by Balding and Mansell and organised by their art director, John Commander, who would become D&AD’s first Chairman. Many of the included designers, including Romek, would be involved in the creation of D&AD. Balding and Mansell was also one of Romek’s earliest clients. Published by Balding and Mansell 1963. Click to open

The Observer Colour Magazine editorial spreads

The Observer Colour Magazine editorial design

London Planetarium poster design