A trio of Honours

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Nominated by the ISTD board, Honorary Fellowship is awarded ‘In recognition of outstanding typographic achievement; or significant contribution to the Society, or the typographic industry as a whole.’ It is the highest accolade that ISTD can present and our 3 worthy recipients fit all the criteria through their achievements and acclaimed careers.

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Jim Northover is a brand strategist, designer, writer and creative consultant. He studied graphic design and typography at Kingston and London College of Printing and holds an MA in design writing criticism from the University of the Arts London.

He co-founded and led internationally acclaimed design consultancy Lloyd Northover for over 30 years, working for clients in the UK and across the globe on identity, branding, communications and signing programmes. He has lectured on design and creative thinking in over a dozen countries worldwide and written extensively for creative media and brands.

Now an independent consultant to client companies and designers, he has found time be an ISTD Awards judge and is one of the editorial panel for the ISTD members’ journal Typographic, producing issues 70, 71, and now 72 which is currently in production.

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Lucienne Roberts is founder of graphic design studio LucienneRoberts+ and co-founder of advocacy initiative GraphicDesign&, research and practice characterised by her abiding interest in definitions of ethical design. The work of LucienneRoberts+ spans exhibition design, books and corporate identity for 3d, print and screen with clients that include the Design Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC.

Alongside studio-based work, Lucienne writes, lectures and publishes on her subject. She was a signatory of the First Things First 2000 manifesto which called for greater design responsibility while her books include core educational text Good: An Introduction to Ethics in Graphic Design. Lucienne was Typographer-in-Residence 2018 and is International Research Fellow 2020/21 at the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography (HMCT), ArtCenter, Los Angeles.

Lucienne is also co-founder of GraphicDesign& dedicated to creating intelligent, vivid books and exhibitions that explore how graphic design connects with all other things. The GD&-originated Wellcome Collection exhibition Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? introduced a non-specialist audience to the importance of graphic design in health, attracting over 100,000 visitors. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Lucienne also studied English Literature at the University of London.

She is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and has been involved with ISTD for many years including as a judge for the 2014 ISTD International Typographic Awards.

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On leaving the Royal College of Art in 1987 Andy Altmann formed the multi-disciplinary design group Why Not Associates with fellow graduates David Ellis and Howard Greenhalgh. In over 30 years as an agency, Andy worked for a range of clients including Malcolm McClaren, Pompidou Centre, BBC, Channel 4 and the Tate Modern, on projects ranging from exhibition design to postage stamps via advertising, publishing, television titles, commercials, corporate identity and public art – including the award winning Comedy Carpet in Blackpool. In early 2020 Andy and David decided to close Why Not Associates to work on more personal, individual projects.

Andy has kindly produced exhibition pieces for ISTD over the years as well as issue 68 of Typographic. He has given many inspiring lectures including a talk about his love of humour and graphic ephemera for ISTD’s 90th anniversary event at the De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill.

It was at this same celebration in 2018 that the Board awarded the last honorary Fellowship to ISTD’s own Freda Sack, adding to our famous roll call, that includes past HonFISTDs Alan Fletcher, Wim Crouwel and Josef Muller-Brockmann.

Current Honorary Fellows include Derek Birdsall, Margaret Calvert, Alan Kitching, Sir John Sorrell, Erik Spiekermann and Vince Frost to name a few.

In accepting their Fellowships Jim, Lucienne and Andy are in very esteemed company and we hope you will join us in congratulating them.