Why graphic designers should break the mould, with Craig Oldham

Award-winning British designer Craig Oldham is behind Office of Craig, a creative studio based in Manchester.

Originally from Yorkshire, his no-nonsense approach to life and work becomes apparent the minute you click on his website: the homepage is a soundboard of his favourite movie quotes – our personal favourites are 'Profitable' and 'Legend'.

Craig started making a name for himself over ten years ago. He was behind the re-brand of the BRIT Awards with Vivienne Westwood in 2011, and a couple of years later, a book he designed and wrote was included in the '50 Best in the World'. He's also worked with the likes of the BBC, and the V&A; won a ton of awards, and published his own books, such as In Loving Memory of Work: A Visual Record of the UK Miners' Strike 1984-85, then later – recognising the gap between graduation and work – he wrote a book for emerging designers in 2018 called Oh Shit, What Now. More recently, he's published They Live, with Rough Trade Books, a book that celebrates the 1989 cult sci-fi conspiracy movie by John Carpenter.

There was much to discuss when we met Craig back in March, before lockdown. We chatted about movies, conspiracy theories, and female protagonists as well as his journey to success, the state of design, and what he'd like to see change in the creative industries.

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