January 15th, 2009
After the recent frenzy of interest in Barney Bubbles, in which I was very willingly caught up, I was thrilled to see a post on Mike Dempsey’s blog devoted to another design hero who hasn’t had the mainstream attention he deserved — Raymond Hawkey.
The post is rerun of a 2001 article which (not being a great Design Week reader) I missed, and I was fascinated to learn a lot about another designer who I knew only from his work.
Hawkey went from magazines to newspapers, before moving on to book covers and film titles and, eventually, writing. But he’s probably best known for his radical jackets for Len Deighton’s early Harry Palmer books, which still look fantastic today (there are some in the article and a few more here, although not all the original & best ones).
Not many newspaper designers have done such great work outside the field, but Ray Hawkey managed it so there’s still hope for us all!