Wednesday, October 04, 2006


"Now that everything's different, nothing's changed"
Born in 1931, the legendary Bob Gill is a New Yorker, designer, illustrator, film maker, teacher, and terrible jazz pianist. He went to London on a whim, and stayed fifteen years. He was the Gill in Fletcher/Forbes/Gill, later renamed Pentagram, with offices eveywhere except Tibet. He was also a founding member of D&AD (F/F/G designed its brilliant logo).
After resigning from F/F/G - as soon as he realized that the office was becoming too big - he remained in London, spending half of his time designing and illustrating, half his time teaching at the Royal College of Art, and half his time making industrial films and writing and illustrating children's books.
He returned to NY to write and design Beatlemania, a multimedia and live history of the Sixties. It ran for over three years on Broadway, and spawned a number of companies which toured America. He designed another multi-media event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lincoln Center, New York's cultural complex. Time Magazine called it the biggest thing since Leni Reifenstahl did it for Hitler.
He has written a number of books about design and illustration and a few for children. He has had one-man shows at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of images and sound in Sao Paulo, the AIGA gallery and various art schools in America. He is in the New York Art Director's Hall of Fame, and the D&AD presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is a professor at the Graduate School of Pratt Institute in New York, and works freelance designing and illustrating. "LogoMania," his latest book, published in September, is unique. In order to prove that there are unlimited good solutions to any problem, he designed thirty two logos for the same client.
He recently designed a poster for Floodgate, a new play about the inept handling of hurricane Katrina by the Bush administration by Larry Gelbart, writer of Tootsie, etc. Gill is still trying to decide what he wants to be when he grows up.

Dates and venues:
Saatchi Design presents Bob Gill
"Now that everything's different, nothing's changed"
Sydney 6th & 7th of November at UTS
Melbourne 8th & 9th of November at RMIT

There will be discounted tickets offered to members of AGDA, AFA, AWARD and MADC. Organisation membership reference will be necessary during ticket purchase and proof of membership will be required on the night at the venues.

Student (member) - $20
Student (non member) - $25

Professional (member) - $50
Professional (non member) - $60

Tickets will be available only on, starting Friday of this week or Monday at the latest.

This is Bob Gill's first ever trip to Australia.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever you do, at least let this guy go off unscathed.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9.53's right. Bob Gill is a true genius. The genuine article.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's hot.

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A brilliant man.

What ain't brilliant is that Brisbane is missing out.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No wonder Saatchis are bringing him out to Oz -
he looks like Bob Isherwood's younger brother.

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not as hot as Steve Gill!!!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let him go unscathed . . . hmmm . . . thinking . . .

I didn't realise that the Addams family was involved in advertising?


It just me or is he looking at the camera while checking out a hot chick passing by? Now that is award worthy - truly multi- talented!

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmm, not so sure 11.58 Bob's got great buns.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would definitely 'do' him.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't tht the guy from the old Volkswagon ad, but with his eye fixed?

5:00 PM  

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