Welcome to episode 6 of the 'My Life in Design' podcast, hosted by our founder, managing partner and design champion Claire Blyth.
This week Claire speaks to design industry legend Graham Wood about his entry into the design world, his love of record covers, movie posters and the clubbing scene that influenced his work.
You can listen to the interview here.
My Life in Design is a collaboration between the Design Community Hub and Red Setter.
Episode 6 - Graham Wood, co-founder of Tomato
Graham Wood is one of the design industry’s legends, having co-founded the acclaimed, multi award-winning design collective Tomato straight out of Central Saint Martins, alongside Steve Baker, Dirk van Dooren, Karl Hyde and Richard Smith (also founders of the electronic band Underworld), Simon Taylor and John Warwicker.
Following Tomato, Graham worked at JWT as an ECD for six years in New York and London; was ECD at The Gild and continues a varied and exciting freelance career.
Clients include Nike and Adidas and noted projects include Michael Jordan’s retirement, ‘Rock the Vote’ for MTV and the Playstation launch. He’s created in camera galaxies for Stephen Hawking, and music videos and visuals, including for his old Tomato colleagues Hyde and Smith of Underworld.
His work has achieved many awards including D&ADs and BBC Design Awards, and his work has appeared in the V&A, MOMA, BFI, Barbican, MOCA, PARCO, Moderna Museet among others.
"What Wood has created is a kind of ambient typography comparable to the ambient music and ambient video of artist-musicians such as Brian Eno,
David Sylvian and David Cunningham."
Rick Poynor, Eye Magazine