Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?


7 September 2017 - 14 January 2018

Explore the relationship between graphic design and health in our current exhibition.

Comprising over 200 objects including hard-hitting posters, illuminated pharmacy signs and digital teaching aids, 'Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?' will consider the role of graphic design in constructing and communicating healthcare messages around the world, and will show how graphic design has been used to persuade, to inform and to empower.

This exhibition will highlight the widespread and often subliminal nature of graphic design in shaping our environment, our health and our sense of self. Drawn from public and private collections around the world, it will feature work from influential figures in graphic design from the 20th century, as well as from studios and individual designers working today.

'Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?' is curated by graphic designer Lucienne Roberts and design educator Rebecca Wright, founders of publishing house GraphicDesign&, with Shamita Sharmacharja at Wellcome Collection.

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Study day

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Wednesday 22 November


Wednesday 29 November


Wednesday 6 December


A new half-day study session for students studying art and design subjects, exploring the links between graphic design and health.

Graphic Warnings postcard book

25 vintage postcards showcasing the style and wit of 20th-century public health campaigns and their iconic graphic design.

If you enjoyed the exhibition, we have lots more on graphic design in our Reading Room and Library, and online.

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