About Richard Hollis
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About Richard Hollis

Formerly a general graphic and book designer, working closely with clients – writers, editors, artists, curators and architects.


His work has no particular style: each job acquired its own. For this reason no distinction is made between recent work and that which dates back several decades. His design aim is to engage the reader or viewer, and his experience as a printer allows him to exploit technical means in the interests of economy. The site shows a selection of work, list of clients, and bibliography.

He is best known for the design of Ways of Seeing, other books by John Berger and for his long-term relationship with the Whitechapel Art Gallery recorded in Richard Hollis Designs for the Whitechapel by Christopher Wilson, 2017. This also contains biographical material of which details also can be found in Who’s Who.

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Richard Hollis is now a writer and lecturer mainly on design history and is author of:

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Richard Hollis’s most recent book is:

Henry van de Velde: The Artist as Designer, published 2019

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He has also edited, designed and published books not on design subjects under the Richard Hollis and Five Leaves imprint:

Martens Hollis

The designer Karel Martens in conversation with Richard Hollis, 2006. Martens was director of Werkplaats Typografie, where Hollis lectured in December 2000. Photograph by Martin Argyroglo.

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