Creative Lives Podcast — We talk politics, people and publishing with graphic designer Lucienne Roberts
Our guest on the podcast this week is graphic designer Lucienne Roberts. In addition to running her own design studio, LucienneRoberts+, she is also the co-founder of GraphicDesign&, publishing books and curating events and exhibitions about graphic design in relation to all other subjects. Here, she talks us through her drama school background, and how an interest in language has impacted her approach to work.
Founder, LucienneRoberts+ 2007–present
Co-Founder of GraphicDesign& (2012–present)
Diploma in Stage Management, Central School of Speech and Drama (1980–1982)
BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins (1983–1986)
BA English Literature, Birkbeck College, University of London (1992–1996)
Design Museum, Wellcome Collection, British Council, Science Museum Group, Royal Academy
Designer, The Womens' Press (1987–1989)
External design consultant, Breakthrough Breast Cancer (1996–2000)
External design consultant, AVA Academia Publishing (2007–2013)
Member, Alliance Graphique Internationale
Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
Growing up with creative parents, Lucienne sidestepped any notion of a ‘traditional’ career path. Studying stage management at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and later graphic design at Central Saint Martins, she later went on to graduate from College, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Acquiring a skill set that balances both visual and academic sensibilities, she was perfectly suited to the work she is perhaps now best known for.
As part of publishing house GraphicDesign&, Lucienne and co-founder Rebecca Wright have set out to showcase the ways in which graphic design can both affect and alter everyday life. Working with experts, they have released books and curated exhibitions on everything from religion and mathematics to literature and healthcare.
“The projects that are closest to your heart are likely to be the ones you have a role in originating.”
Whether it’s publishing, or designing and curating exhibitions, including the recent Hope to Nope exhibit at the Design Museum, an ongoing interest and active engagement in politics is at the core of her practice.
Lucienne reflects on her various studying experiences, discusses balancing studio projects with personal work, and details her hopes for the upcoming generation of designers.