Abram Games

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Abram Games OBE, RDI (29 July 1914 – 27 August 1996) was a British graphic designer. He was born Abraham Gamse. He was the son of immigrants: a Latvian photographer and a Russo-Polish (part Russian, part Polish) seamstress. He anglicized (make something sound more English) his name to Games at age 12 and was basically an autodidactic designer, and went to London's St. Martins School of Art (today named the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) for only two terms. However, while working as a "studio boy" (a general assistant) in commercial design company Askew-Young in London 1932-36, he took night classes in life drawing. In 1934, his entry was second in the Health Council Competition and in 1935 he won a poster competition for the London City Council. From 1936 to 1940 he was on his own as a freelance poster artist.

Exhibition[change | change source]

  • Abram Games, Graphic Designer (1914–1996): Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means, Design Museum, London, 2003

References[change | change source]

  • Amstutz, W. (1962).Who's Who in Graphic Art, Zurich: Graphis Press.
  • Gombrich, E.H., et al. (1990).A. Games: Sixty Years of Design, South Glamorgan, UK: Institute of Higher Education. | ISBN 0-9515777-0-0
  • Livingston, Alan and Isabella (2003).The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Graphic Design and Designers, London: Thames and Hudson. | ISBN 0-500-20353-9
  • Exhibition catalog. Moriarty, Catherine, et al. (2003). Abram Games, Graphic Designer: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means, London: Lund Humphries. | ISBN 0-85331-881-6
  • Games, Naomi, et al. (2003). Abram Games: His Life and Work, New York Princeton Architectural Press. | ISBN 1-56898-364-6

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