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Walking Backwards exhibition travels to the United States

Walking Backwards – an exhibition showcasing a collection of work by renowned graphic designer and University for the Creative Arts’ (UCA) visiting professor Vaughan Oliver – has opened at Lesley University in the United States.

From today (Thursday 14 September), viewers will have the opportunity to see a selection of work taken from Professor Oliver’s extensive archive, which spans the disciplines of design, fashion, music and moving image.

The exhibition, which was previously shown at UCA Epsom, has been curated – in association with Professor Oliver – by Associate Head of the School of Fashion at UCA, Lee Widdows, who says: “Walking Backwards offers a glimpse into the career of one of the most influential graphic designers of a generation.”

AIGA Boston and Lesley University will also host a discussion where four designers will present short perspectives on the work, followed by a dialogue among the panelists and audience.

Over the years, Professor Oliver’s unique approach to design has attracted an impressive list of clients. He is noted for his work with independent record label 4AD, for which he has created designs for bands including the Cocteau Twins, the Pixies, Lush, the Breeders and This Mortal Coil. 

Throughout his impressive career, Professor Oliver has exhibited in Nantes Paris, Tokyo, Osaka, Los Angeles and Athens. He was awarded an Honorary MA by UCA in 2010 and is also an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationals (AGI).

In 2016, Professor Oliver relocated his personal design archive to UCA Epsom. His career spans more than 35 years, illustrating the journey from analogue to digital, and showcasing the work of a designer who is an inter-disciplinary connector, a unique art director of image and text, and a generous collaborator of practice. 

Find out more about Walking Backwards at Lesley University, here.

Find out more about the panel discussion here.