‘Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means’ – The life and work of Abram Games

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‘Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means’ – The life and work of Abram Games

By RAF Museum

At 12.30pm on Friday 13 October, Naomi Games will talk about her father's personal philosophy which gave his artistic works their distinctive conceptual and visual quality. This lecture will be hosted in-person at the RAF Museum's Midlands site and live-streamed via Crowdcast.

This free lecture is part of the RAF Museum's Research Lecture Programme. If you'd like to support the RAF Museum, you can make a donation at: https://support.rafmuseum.org/Donate-Now.

Talk Outline
Abram Games was one of 20th century Britain’s most innovative and important graphic designers. With a career spanning sixty years he produced some of Britain’s most enduring images, which are now a fascinating record of social history.

During the Second World War, when he designed 100 posters, he was uniquely appointed ‘Official War Poster Artist’. Post-war, he created posters for Shell, London Transport, Guinness, the Financial Times, the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British Airways. He designed the first animated ident for BBC television, the covers of Penguin Books and the emblems for the 1951 Festival of Britain and the Queen’s Award to Industry. Games also created postage stamps issued in Britain, Jersey, and Israel. Naomi will talk about her father’s personal philosophy of ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’ that gave his works their distinctive conceptual and visual quality. She will relate personal stories, show his designs and progressive sketches, and will explain his working process.

About Naomi Games
Naomi is the daughter of Abram Games. She grew up watching her father work in his studio in the family home. She attended the London College of Printing, where she studied typography and graphic design. She worked as a freelance designer and has had eleven educational and activity books published for children, which she has written and illustrated. She has worked extensively for many adult and children’s publishers and has written six books and has produced a film on Abram Games.

Since his death in 1996, Naomi has organized numerous exhibitions on various aspects of Games’s work and of his contemporaries. She now runs Abram’s considerable archive, which is open to all, writes on design and lectures both in the UK and abroad.


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