George Hardie is a prestigious graphic designer, illustrator and educator. He was born in 1944 and trained at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art in London. He was a partner at NTA studios and designed many legendary record covers (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin) with Hipgnosis.
He has worked as a designer/illustrator for some thirty-seven years, commissioned internationally to solve problems and make illustrations for a variety of clients (and in fourteen countries to date). His work primarily involves ideas that are carefully composed and crafted into graphic art. As part of a process he describes as ‘going amateur’, he has made and published a number of books which he explains as ‘graphics without clients’.
Hardie is a member (elected 1994) and formally International Secretary of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and recently retired as Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Brighton (1990) where he taught on postgraduate courses. In 2005 he was elected a Royal Designer for Industry. In 2006 he toured Australia as AGDA International Speaker and taught and exhibited at Nagoya University of Arts as a visiting professor.