Creative Director, Images & Co.
Malcolm Garrett is Creative Director at the design consultancy Images&Co.
With offices in London and Manchester, Images&Co is a creative partnership with Kasper de Graaf that was first established in 1981. Malcolm is widely regarded as a key influence on the development of contemporary British graphic design. As a first generation punk, while still at art school in Manchester in 1977 he founded the innovative graphic design group Assorted iMaGes, and subsequently created landmark designs for Buzzcocks, The Members, Magazine, Duran Duran, Boy George, Simple Minds and Peter Gabriel.
He moved to London in late 1978 to work at the heart of a music and lifestyle industry in regeneration and went on to establish, in 1983, with a number of like-minded artists and creatives, the first design and arts collective (The Bank) in what was then a derelict Shoreditch in East London. Always pushing boundaries, he introduced computers to the design studio in the mid-80s, and subsequently became one of the first designers of his generation to apply himself entirely to interaction design and design for digital platforms. In 1994 he established the pioneering digital agency, AMX, one of the first in Shoreditch (now known as ‘tech city’), working with numerous corporate clients alongside other musicians such as Oasis, Iron Maiden and the Spice Girls. In 2000, he became the first RSA Royal Designer in what was called ‘new media’ and was elected ‘Master of the Faculty’ from 2013 to 2015.
Recognised with a number of Honorary Professorships and Doctorates, and one of the first 10 designers to be inducted into the Design Week ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2015, this year he was nominated as one of Creative Review’s 50 ‘Creative Leaders’. Malcolm is noted for his collaborative and user-focused approach to design, which he refers to as ‘connected communications’, as well as his commitment to design education at all levels from primary through to third age. Malcolm is an Ambassador of Manchester School of Art, and is a Founder and Joint Artistic Director of the annual Design Manchester festival, now in its sixth year.