Christopher Wilson on Richard Hollis

In 2012, when London’s Libby Sellers Gallery exhibited some of the designer’s work, Wilson recalls Hollis holding his head in his hands in despair: “Most designers would have been delighted, but Richard hates any type of spotlight,” he says. “I think he feels that it’s an antithesis of what he’s tried to do. On some of the designs he’s done over the years he omitted his name, because he felt that a designer should remain behind the scenes.”

“One time he even said to me, ‘If I’m forgotten then that’s good.’ I don’t think that’s just him, it’s other people of his generation as well. The concept of the graphic designer-as-personality is alien to them.”