Hillman, David: NAPOLI [Poster]. Lissone, Italy: Arti Grafiche Meroni, [1986].

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David Hillman [Designer]

David Hillman [Designer]: NAPOLI. Lissone, Italy: Arti Grafiche Meroni, [1986]. Original impression. 38.5 x 26.5 - inch [97.79 x 67.31 cm] trim size image printed via offset lithography on a semi-gloss sheet. Mild ruffling to top edge and a faint diagonal crease to lower left corner. A very good example.

38.5 x 26.5 - inch [97.79 x 67.31 cm] poster designed by Pentagram’s David Hillman  “A poster commissioned by Napoli ’99 Foundation as a contribution towards the cultural image of the city.”

The Naples NinetyNine Foundation sponsored a series of 25 posters from 1984 – 1986 with the primary objective of contributing to the knowledge, promotion and enhancement of cultural heritage of Naples and Southern Italy.

The 25 participating designers were Walter Allner, Stuart B. Ash, Saul Bass, Bruce Blackburn, Pierluigi Cerri, Ivan Chermayeff, Giulio Confalonieri, Heinz Edelmann, Gene Federico, Alan Fletcher, Jean-Michel Folon, André François, Milton Glaser, Tomás Gonda, F H K Henrion, David Hillman, Takenobu Igarashi, Mervyn Kurlansky, Italo Lupi, John Mcconnell, Armando Milani, Art Paul, Tullio Pericoli, Arnold Schwartzman, and Massimo Vignelli.

Their interpretations of the city cover a wide range of themes: architecture, poetry, music, the earthquake, pollution, Vesuvius. The 25 posters have been exhibited in Naples, Rome, Los Angeles, Dundee, and Lahti. The project won the award for the best social graphics at the 1987 Lahden Biennal Exhibition. Collect them all!

David Hillman heads Studio David Hillman and leads all the design projects he is involved in, as he has for the previous 29 years as a partner of iconic international design company Pentagram. Educated at The London School of Printing and Graphic Arts, he began his career in editorial design, as a design assistant at the Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1968 he joined the iconic women’s magazine Nova as Art Director and two years later became its Deputy Editor. In 1975 he set up his own design practice and was commissioned to design the new French daily newspaper Le Matin de Paris.

He joined Pentagram as a partner in 1978, where he continued his editorial design work on publications that included De Volkskrant, Il Sole 24 ore, The Guardian, New Statesman & Society and The Times Educational Supplement and added to this a considerable body of work in identity design, retail, packaging, corporate communications and signage.

Among his numerous design awards he has 2 prestigious gold awards and 16 silver awards from D&AD.

He is a Royal Designer for Industry, Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.