Patrick Burke obituary | Graphic design

Cover of Icographic magazine designed by Patrick Burke in 1971

My good friend Patrick Burke, who has died aged 92, was a crusading and inspirational designer, trainer, novelist and sculptor who was head of graphic design at Ravensbourne School of Artwork in London for 12 years.

He was born in Ealing, west London, the elder son of Patrick Burke, an engineer’s toolmaker, and his spouse, Leonora (nee Maud-Humfrey). Leaving Hayes county grammar faculty aged 17, he enrolled at Camberwell Faculty of Artwork, specialising in graphic design and typography.

After graduating in 1951 he served an apprenticeship with HMV after which labored for a collection of corporations designing promotions and shopper items. By 1958, with a fame for placing graphics and exhibitions, he turned head of business design for J Lyons and Co, creating furnishings and interiors. He additionally designed the auditorium and units for the Might Honest theatre in London. In 1963 he launched his personal freelance apply.

In 1967 Patrick started educating part-time at Hornsey School of Artwork in north London as chief of its industrial design course, giving it a seismic redirection. In 1969 he turned head of graphic design at Ravensbourne School of Artwork (now Ravensbourne College London), the place he launched radical enhancements to the course.

To free college students from typical format grids and provides them perception into their very own pondering, he launched communication concept, semiology, kinesics, language programs and inventive problem-solving methods – together with sport enjoying and cryptic crosswords. The emphasis was all the time on divergent pondering.

In 1971 he was appointed editor of Icographic, the quarterly journal of the Worldwide Council of Graphic Design Affiliation, creating its design, writing, content material and type for 15 points as much as 1979. Then after leaving Ravensbourne he taught programs in Israel, Canada and Eire earlier than retiring from educating in 1995.

Cover of Icographic magazine designed by Patrick Burke in 1971
Cowl of Icographic journal designed by Patrick Burke in 1971

In 1980 he married Alison (nee Dunsmore). When in 1990 they moved to Ramsgate, Kent,he wrote a novel, Gullscliff, a couple of vibrant sculptor, revealed in 1998. It prompted him to attempt sculpture himself, and thereafter he devoted his time each to writing and sculpture. His 2018 exhibition of drawings and carvings on the Pie Manufacturing facility Gallery, Margate, was sensational.

I turned pals with Patrick and Alison in Ramsgate. We frequently met on the Vinyl Head espresso home (now Eats ’n’ Beats), the place individuals got here to speak, rail on the Tories, focus on Ramsgate and artwork, and the newest devious clues within the day’s Guardian cryptic crossword. We each took half within the month-to-month poets’ performances within the cafe. He was heat, fascinating, intelligent and humorous.

Patrick is survived by Alison, by his daughter, Kirsten, from his earlier marriage to Marijke Singer, which resulted in divorce, and by his stepchildren, Victoria and James.

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