Les Mason

Les Mason is one of the pioneers of Australian graphic design, with a career spanning 30 years from the 1960s. A retrospective exhibition on the design process and projects of Les Mason is on at the NGV Design Studio at NGV Australia featuring his very distinctive and bold style that helped shape the look of the 1970s and 80s.

Quoting from AGDA’s review:

“To some people in the industry, Les Mason is remembered as ‘the wild man’ of design. The big American who liked to work hard and play hard.
But to anyone who knows anything about the business of graphic design in Australia, Les Mason is considered the father of it all; a man who has fought and worked hard to bring graphic design to the level it is today.

Before Les came to Australia, printers and agencies made the design decisions; they selected the type, the colours and paper to be used. To a large degree, today’s designers and art directors have Les Mason to thank for the fact that this has now changed.”

More can be learned from the NGV page here


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