Philip Hall

Award winning print designer latterly turned artist/photographer, Philip Hall studied graphic design at Bradford Regional College of Art from 1960-1964. 

Philip recalled, “When I was just fifteen years of age, I was accepted on a four year graphic design diploma course at Bradford Regional College of Art. The atmosphere that exuded at that time from the College seemed to lift everyone to achieve; due to markers set by past students such as David Philip HallHockney, David Oxtoby, and Doug Binder, and the tutors Eric Rimmington and Frank Johnson. Eric Rimmington was particularly encouraging to me when he taught me in the foundation year and I had just come from school. I am happy to say that I successfully completed the course in 1964, in the company of some very talented people, including Dudley Edwards.”
 
Pic BrochureAfter receiving his diploma, Philip entered the world of print design, where his talent and ideas brought him great success. Philip said, “My career on the creative side of the advertising and print world began as a junior 
designer in the art studio at Partridge Printers in Leeds. Partridge’s were eventually taken over by the Westminster Press, who bought several printers in the West Yorkshire region at that time. Out of the companies they acquired, Beck & Inchbolds and Partridge Printers were combined and became Beck & Partridge. During the four years I worked there, I attained senior designer level and worked on a wide variety of accounts including Firth Brown, ICI, BBA, Scandura, Hoe-Crabtree and Leeds University. This enabled me to gain a good grounding in printing and print design. After working in the confines of the print world I knew I needed to widen my horizons. I went to work for a small design artwork studio in the Leeds area which serviced some of the bigger advertising agencies in West Yorkshire. This gave me the opportunity to learn the skills of newspaper advertising necessary for me to eventually go freelance in early 1971, equipped with the knowledge of both disciplines.”
 
Philip continued, “In late 1972, the amount of work from advertising agencies and direct clients that I had acquired enabled me to take on a full time designer and set up a company, Hallmark Graphics Limited. By the late 1970s, the company had grown to eight strong, including a division devoted to TV advertisements for Granada TV, ATV and Five City Films, which at that time was the largest commercial film production company in the country. The press and print design side of the company was working creatively with clients such as West Yorkshire County Council, Bradford Council, Craghoppers, Vaportex and the Co-op, whilst still producing creative concept work for advertising agency clients including Halifax Building Society.”  
 
In 1980, Philip took medical advice and sold the company, relocating to the East Coast of Yorkshire, where he ran a restaurant with his wife. But after a couple of years away from the commercial fray, enjoying the quiet life in Robin Hood’s Bay, Philip was headhunted. Philip Philip Hall and Neil Kinnockexplained, “I returned to the advertising world, working at the Graham Poulter Group on a part-time basis, where I enjoyed being involved creatively once again. In 1987, I was asked to set up a creative facility by Pindar, an international printing organisation with head offices in Scarborough. I successfully accomplished this and then maintained a good working relationship with them for years, whilst once again working freelance for clients including PIC and Toolbank.”
 
MoontreeOver the years, Philip won a number of design awards. These included one for typography in the Dundee University prospectus in 1990, when he was presented with the award by late entertainer, Roy Castle, and one for best corporate brochure in 1994, receiving his award from the Rt Hon. Neil Kinnock, MP. Philip also took pride in producing simple, but meaningful, work. He said, “I still have pleasant memories regarding an inexpensive invitation card I was given to design early in my career with Partridge Printers. It was for an exhibition being shown at Leeds Art Gallery of paintings by prisoners of Terezin a WWII concentration camp. The Yorkshire Post wrote an article introducing the exhibition with the heading, 'The slate-grey invitation card, edged in black, captures the plight of the prisoners'.

Philip’s commercial work has blended with his own interests and in recent years he has enjoyed a resurgence of his artistic passion. He said, “Throughout the whole of my career, I have always been passionate about photography. I have been involved in art direction with such companies as Creative Consortium, and from time to time, I have used the camera commercially myself. With the advent of computers and digital cameras in the last twenty years, my personal creativity with this technology has been a pleasure; a total release to express myself. In the last few years, I have returned to oil painting on canvas, the best part of fifty years since I used the medium. I have found this both challenging and exhilarating; re-discovering the techniques and what potentially can be achieved. I exhibited some of my photography and paintings at Saltburn Arts Fair in the summer of 2012. I am now increasing my portfolio of work and look forward to showing my work at more venues in the future.”