Are you looking for inspiration for a project brief? There’s a new exhibition of London Transport posters outside the Art & Design Archives on the ground floor of BCU's Parkside campus that shows just a small sample of the 500+ posters that were originally collected by Birmingham School of Art as exemplars of good design.
London Transport had a well-founded reputation for the quality of its advertising and publicity. During the 1920s and 1930s, it was an important patron of contemporary art. Their publicity manager, Frank Pick, experimented continually with new approaches, commissioning fine artists as well as illustrators to design posters for the Underground Group. Among them were a number of Europeans fleeing persecution in the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany who contributed to the emerging modern art movement in England.
The considerable artistic freedom they were generally given is reflected in the broad range of artistic styles used in the posters being shown. If you’d like to see more, why not make an appointment to visit the Archives?