As part of a generation that left college without touching a computer, perhaps I am different… There is a computer on my desk, but I mainly use it for e-mail. My key tools remain a box of pens/pencils and a roll of tracing paper. For me, sketching is free thinking. It doesn’t have to look great, it doesn’t have to be anything, it just becomes a visual stream of thoughts.
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Lucy Holmes, Creative Director of Holmes Wood, graduated with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. She joined Pentagram Design in 1991 and spent four years working as part of David Hillman’s team. Since co-forming Holmes Wood, Lucy Holmes has created design solutions and information graphics for wayfinding schemes including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The National Gallery, The V&A Museum, The Natural History Museum, Albert Dock in Liverpool; interpretation graphics for several exhibitions at the Tower of London; the new brand identity, all related print, sign design, audio visual designs and guidelines for Manchester Art Gallery; and a new information graphics strategy for Virgin Atlantic.
She has overseen the design of all the gallery graphics for the 10 new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries at the V&A and created solutions for the ExCeL London project and Porto Montenegro.
Lucy Holmes’ awards include a silver D&AD. She lectures extensively and is a member of ISTD (International Society of Typographic Designers), D&AD, SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design), Artangel and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
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