Malcolm Garrett RDI FISTD

Malcolm Garrett is Creative Director at the design consultancy Images&Co, with offices in London and Manchester.

Images&Co is a creative partnership with Kasper de Graaf that was first established in 1981, when together they produced the ground-breaking, style magazine ‘New Sounds New Styles’.

Malcolm is widely regarded as a key influence on the development of contemporary British graphic design. As a first generation punk, while still at art school in Manchester in 1977 he founded the innovative graphic design group Assorted iMaGes, and subsequently created landmark designs for Buzzcocks, The Members, Magazine, Duran Duran, Boy George, Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel.

He moved to London in late 1978 to work at the heart of a music and lifestyle industry in regeneration, and in 1983 went on to establish ‘The Bank’, with a number of like-minded artists and creatives, becoming the first design & arts collective in what was then a derelict Shoreditch in East London. Always pushing boundaries, he introduced computers to the design studio in the mid-80s, and subsequently became one of the first designers of his generation to apply himself entirely to interaction design and design for digital platforms. In 1994 he established the pioneering digital agency, AMX, one of the first in Shoreditch (now known as ‘tech city’), working with numerous corporate clients alongside other musicians such as Orbital, Oasis, Iron Maiden and Spice Girls. In 2000, he became the first RSA Royal Designer in what was called ‘new media’ and was elected ‘Master of the Faculty’ from 2013 to 2015.

Recognised with a number of Honorary Professorships and Doctorates, and one of the first 10 designers to be inducted into the Design Week ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2015, last year he was nominated as one of Creative Review’s 50 ‘Creative Leaders’. Malcolm is noted for his collaborative and user-focused approach to design, which he refers to as ‘connected communications’, as well as his commitment to design education at all levels from primary through to third age. Malcolm is an Ambassador of Manchester School of Art, is a member of the Sir Misha Black Awards Committee, and is a Founder and Joint Artistic Director of the annual Design Manchester festival, now in its sixth year. His collection of Punk clothing and other ephemera is held in Special Collections at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Malcolm will be joining host Dave Kirkwood, along with Ian Swift (AKA Swifty) and Tash Willcocks for a Conversations in Creativity Q&A after a special screening of Graphic Means.

  • Date: Wednesday 16 May 2018
  • Venue: Continental Arts Space in Preston.
  • Time: 16.00 – 21.00
  • Booking essential, tickets via Eventbrite here.