Neville Brody (born 23 April 1957 in London) is an English graphic designer, typographer and art director.

Neville Brody is an alumnus of the London College of Printing and Hornsey College of Art, and is known for his work on The Face magazine (1981–1986) and Arena magazine (1987–1990), as well as for designing record covers for artists such as Cabaret Voltaire and Depeche Mode. He created the company Research Studios in 1994 and is a founding member of Fontworks. He has been announced to be the new Head of the Communication Art & Design department at the Royal College of Art commencing in January 2011.

He was one of the founding members of FontWorks in London and designed a number of notable typefaces for them. He was also partly responsible for instigating the FUSE project an influential fusion between a magazine, graphics design and typeface design. Each pack includes a publication with articles relating to typography and surrounding subjects, four brand new fonts that are unique and revolutionary in some shape or form and four posters designed by the type designer usually using little more than their included font. In 1990 he also founded the FontFont typeface library together with Erik Spiekermann.

Notable fonts include the updated font for the Times newspaper, Times Modern, New Deal as used in publicity material and titles for the film Public Enemies and Industria.

Brody as well known for his work on The Face and Arena Magazines during the early to late 1980s. This is where he truly made a name for himself – working as art director for The Face, a publication that he revolutionized. He worked a lot on record covers at the time as well, designing covers for well known artists. Looking at a cover from the 1980s – it seems rather dated in comparison to the design that we’ve become used to today. The typefaces used look rather dated, as do the color theme – the greenish/yellow tones. I guess this shows that it does not have a timeless quality like some of the other designers/artists I’ve looked at have. Having said that, however, a magazine is completely reliant on the designs and fashions of the day – it is not mean’t to be long lasting at all.

Neville Brody

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