Australian legend: Bruce Weatherhead

Published:  February 7, 2011
Australian legend: Bruce Weatherhead

Bruce Weatherhead
b.1939 d.2011

Known as one of the fathers of modern Australian graphic design, Bruce Weatherhead’s fearless and idiosyncratic style helped define a new Australian visual language. Although he was a legend in the 60′s as one half the groundbreaking and award winning partnership of Weatherhead & Stitt, and then in 1974 carried on with a successful solo career for another 30 years, Bruce’s work is not widely known in the internet age and few digital records have been available to date. In 2002 Weatherhead & Stitt were recognised by the AGDA Spicers Paperpoint Hall of Fame and in 2010 Bruce was interviewed for the Conversations with Designers short film series. Two months later on 1.1.11 he passed away.
(text taken from AGDA Victoria’s Flickr site)

There are a few websites celebrating Bruce’s work:

  • A flickr set of Bruce’s work has been set up by AGDA Victoria. See images here.
  • More images are available on Dominic Hofstede’s Re:collection website.
  • Read a tribute to Bruce here, written by Andrew Ashton from Studio Pip & Co, and
  • A tribute evening has been planned for Thursday 10 February 2011. Details here.

Thumbnail image: Alex and Bruce outside Jigsaw factory. Copyright AGDA. Taken from AGDA Victoria’s Flickr site.

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