Ken Garland is probably one of the most important designers to come out of England in the last 50 years with his personal and professional work shaping the landscape of what we perceive to be “good design” to this day. Whether producing posters for CND marches or shaping the face of the Labour Party in more leftist times, designing the identity of Galt Toys and creating sleeves for RCA Records, Ken and his studio have consistently pushed the boundaries of graphic design and united the practice with ethical values at the same time. Quite an achievement in such a commercial industry.
To honour Ken’s career at the forefront of British design, Unit Editions have recently produced a monograph that documents his work right from his early days as a student, through to recent years producing self-published photo books. It’s a beautifully designed (naturally) volume, thick with Ken’s impressive back catalogue, demonstrating the exceptional vision of a man who still manages to be relevant to the design community well into his octogenarian years.