George Hardie trained as a graphic designer 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 jobbing illustrator for some thirty-six years, commissioned to solve problems and make illustrations for a variety of clients in many countries (fourteen 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’.
George is a Royal Designer for Industry (2005) and a professor at the University of Brighton (1990), where he teaches on postgraduate courses. He has lectured on his work and other subjects in the UK and abroad. In 2006 he toured Australia as the AGDA International Speaker and taught and exhibited at Nagoya University of the Arts as a visiting professor.
His ambition: ‘To notice things and get things noticed.’