Biography of the Alan Fletcher

Born: 27 September 1931
Nairobi, Kenya
Graphic designer

Alan Gerard Fletcher was a graphic designer from Great Britain. In 1962, he, Colin Forbes and Bob Jill founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill – a designer company. These authors’ earliest creation was the book “Graphic design: visual comparison” (1963).

Their most prominent clients included Pirelli, Cunard, PenguinBooks, and Olivetti. Gill left his partners in 1965, and Teo Crosby took his place, and the company’s new name was Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes. Later, two new partners joined the partnership, and it evolved into the famous Pentagram and partnered with client companies, such as Lloyd’s of London and Daimer Benz.

A significant share of Fletcher’s projects are still in use. It was not until 1992 that the Reuters logo, consisting of 84 dots, which Fletcher had created in 1965, was changed. The V&A logo (1989) for the Museum of Victoria and Albert (www.vam.ac.uk), and the IoD logo for the Institute of Directors (www.iod.com), are currently in use.

Massimo Vignelli was born in 1931 in Milan. It was there that he began to make his first steps in arts and architecture and continued to do so until he moved to America in 1957. In 1967, he and his wife Laila Vignelli founded the Vignelli Design and Architecture office in Milan. In 1971, they founded Vignelli Associates, and in 1978 – the Vignelli Designs.

Alan Fletcher death: 21 September 2006, London, England