Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? image gallery
The exhibition looks at how graphic design persuades, informs and empowers us. From tiny stamps to national advertising campaigns, and pill packaging that many of us see everyday, take a look at this selection of objects that feature in Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?, and consider graphic design's role in your own life.
Smoking is Slow Motion Suicide poster, 1972
Biman Mullick, Cleanair
In 1972, Indian designer and educator Biman Mullick founded the anti-smoking organisation Cleanair, and has been designing materials for this campaign ever since.
Anti-smoking stamp, Cyprus 1995
Relatively cheap to produce and widely distributed, stamps have often been used to raise awareness of public health concerns.
Infographics: Human Body, 2014
Illustrated by Peter Grundy; published by Big Picture Press.
Peter Grundy is considered to be a pioneer of infographics. This is his first children’s book.
Too Great a Risk, secondary-school teaching materials, 1975
Designed by Gillian Crampton Smith and Sarah Curtis; published by the Family Planning Association.
These comics were a response to increases in teenage pregnancy in the 1970s.
Children’s haemophilia colouring book, 1990
Designed by Dick Bruna.
Illustrator Dick Bruna was best known for creating Miffy; he also donated his design services to charities such as the Haemophilia Society and the Red Cross.
Bayer Aspirin bottle, 1986
Aspirin was first trademarked in 1899, having been discovered by a Bayer scientist. The tablets were stamped with the circular Bayer logo from 1910.
Medomina advertising (sedative), c.1960s
Produced by JR Geigy AG; courtesy of Display, Graphic Design Collection (
Swiss pharmaceutical company JR Geigy AG was renowned for its ground-breaking graphic design, which made Geigy products modern and memorable, rather than technical or scientific.
Liquid Latex, 1933
Produced by C.E. and P. CO.
Condom packaging is a barometer of changing attitudes towards sex. By 1931, condoms were standard issue to all members of the US military.
Dementia Poster, 2012
By Alzheimer Nederland; designed by Studio Dumbar, Netherlands.
The fading logo of Alzheimer Nederland reflects the vanishing world of people with dementia.