Lucienne Roberts entered the fray of design practice with a utopian zeal that has never left her. In both sans+baum and her current studio LucienneRoberts+ her intention is to make accessible, engaging graphic design with a socially aware agenda. Influenced as much by feminism as Swiss typography, she believes that ethical design is defined by its ability to increase quality of life alongside the messages it conveys, and places emphasis on clear thinking, visual simplicity and the application of craft skills. Projects include exhibition design for the Wellcome Collection, British Council and The Women’s Library; identities for the Petrie Museum, the David Miliband campaign and AVA Academia; and book design for the Design Museum, Triangle Arts Trust and Panos London.
Alongside studio-based work, Lucienne writes, lectures and publishes on her subject. A signatory of the First Things First 2000 manifesto, her books include The Designer and the Grid [Rotovision, 2002] and Good: An Introduction to Ethics in Graphic Design [AVA Academia, 2006]. Her latest book, Design Diaries: Creative Process in Graphic Design [Laurence King, 2010] was co-written with Rebecca Wright.
With Rebecca, Lucienne is co-founder of GraphicDesign& a pioneering publishing house dedicated to creating intelligent, vivid books that explore how graphic design connects with all other things and the value that it brings. Its first book Page 1: Great Expectations explored GraphicDesign& Literature and was published in April 2012 to rave reviews. GraphicDesign& Mathematics, GraphicDesign& Religion and GraphicDesign& Social Science titles will be published in 2013.
At TYPO London Lucienne will be joined by design educator and writer Rebecca Wright and social scientist Nikandre Kopcke.