Angus Hyland

Graphic Designer / United Kingdom / Pentagram

Angus Hyland studied information design at the London College of Printing and graphic art and design at the Royal College of Art. After running his own successful studio in Soho (London) for ten years, he became a partner in Pentagram’s London offices in 1998.

In 2005, Hyland was appointed consultant creative director to Laurence King Publishing, where he oversees all aspects of design and brand management and is responsible for generating new book concepts.

He has worked with a wide range of private and public-sector clients, including AkzoNobel, Asprey, BBC, British Council, British Museum, Canongate Books, Cass Art, Citibank, Crafts Council, Daishin Securities, EAT, EMI, Getty Images, Grant Thornton International, Laurence King Publishing, Nokia, Penguin, Phaidon Press, Reed Exhibitions, Royal Academy of Arts, Sage, Samsung, The Sage Gateshead, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Tate Modern.

Hyland’s work has been widely published and exhibited and has received more than 100 creative awards, including two D&AD Silver Awards and the Grand Prix from the Scottish Design Awards. He has been named among the Independent’s “Top Ten Graphic Designers in the UK.”

Hyland was the curator of “Picture This,” a British Council touring exhibition featuring the work of contemporary London-based illustrators, and “Ballpoint,” an exhibition featuring works by 50 artists created with or inspired by the traditional ballpoint pen.

He has edited five books on graphic design: Pen and Mouse: Commercial Art and Digital Illustration, 2001; Hand to Eye: Contemporary Illustration (with Roanne Bell), 2003; C/ID: Visual Identity and Branding for the Arts (with Emily King), 2006; Symbol (with Steven Bateman), 2011; and his best-selling volume on contemporary illustration, The Picture Book: Contemporary Illustration, 2006.

Hyland was elected a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1999. In 2002 he received an honorary Master of Arts from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design.

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By Angus Hyland December 12, 2013

Question: “If for some reason it turned out that you could save one and only one book from among those you own, which would it be?” Answer from graphic designer (Pentagram, London) Angus Hyland:  “Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination or Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady. Whichever was first at hand and whether I was in a Gothic panic or a more reflective mood.” More answers from Angus to The Proust Questionnaire—Book Edition.

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