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30 May: Naomi Games, ‘Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means: The Life and Work of Abram Games’

Abram Games (1914-96) was one of the 20th century’s most innovative and important graphic designers; producing some of Britain’s most enduring images, which are a now a fascinating record of social history. His career spanned 60 years during which he produced hundreds of posters as well as stamps for Britain, Jersey and Israel, book jackets and emblems, including those for the Festival of Britain (1951) and BBC Television (1953). Other clients included British Airways, the Financial Times, Guinness, Shell and Transport for London. During World War II he was appointed Official War Poster Designer. It was Games’ personal philosophy of ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’ that gave his works their distinctive conceptual and visual quality.

Naomi Games grew up watching her father, Abram, work in his studio in the family home. She studied graphic design and has written and illustrated many books for children. Since the death of her father in 1996, she has organized numerous exhibitions on various aspects of his work and of his contemporaries. She lectures both in the UK and abroad, writes on design and runs the vast archive of Abram Games, which remains accessible to all. She has co-produced a film and has written six books on her father’s work.

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