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Graphic design consultant

Colin Ames Forbes, British graphic design consultant. Recipient Silver medal Biennale International Art Book Prize, Israel, 1975, President award Designers and Art Directors Association, London, 1977. Staff sergeant British Army, 1946-1949. Member American Institute Graphic Arts (president 1983-1984, medal 1992), Royal Society Arts, Alliance Graphique International (president 1976-1979), American Center for Design (honorary).

Background

Forbes, Colin Ames was born on March 6, 1928 in London. Came to the United States, 1978. Son of John Cumming and Kathleen Ethel (Ames) Forbes.

Education

He studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London and worked briefly under graphic designer and journalist Herbert Spencer.

Career

He is notable as a former head of the graphic design program at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, and as one of the founders of the Pentagram design studio. After graduating, Forbes returned to become Head of Graphic Design at the Central School at the age of 28. By 1960 Forbes had left teaching for private practice and in 1962 formed Fletcher/Forbes/Gill with Alan Fletcher and Bob Gill.

(Gill left the partnership in 1965 and was replaced by Theo Crosby and the firm became Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes). In 1972 Forbes and Fletcher were two of the five founders of Pentagram design studio, a leading studio in the world of design. With his partners at Fletcher/Forbes/Gill and with partners at Pentagram, Forbes is the co-author of several books on design.

He has also written under his sole name. Forbes was a 1991 recipient of the AIGA medal.

Membership

Staff sergeant British Army, 1946-1949. Member American Institute Graphic Arts (president 1983-1984, medal 1992), Royal Society Arts, Alliance Graphique International (president 1976-1979), American Center for Design (honorary).

Connections

Married Elizabeth Hopkins, January 31, 1950 (divorced 1978). 1 child, Christine Coppe. Married Wendy Maria Schneider, June 6, 1961.

Children: Aaron, Jessica Forbes Russo.

father:
John Cumming Forbes

mother:
Kathleen Ethel (Ames) Forbes

spouses:
Elizabeth Hopkins

Wendy Maria Schneider

children:
Christine Coppe Forbes

Aaron Forbes

Jessica Forbes Russo Forbes