Nigel Holmes
Nigel Holmes

(1942-06-15) 15 June 1942 (age 81)
Alma materRoyal College of Art
Occupation(s)Graphic designer, illustrator, and author
Known forInformation graphics

Nigel Holmes (born 15 June 1942, Swanland, England) is a British/American graphic designer, author, and theorist, who focuses on information graphics and information design.


Graduating from Royal College of Art in London in 1966, Holmes ran his own successful graphic design practice in England.[1] From 1966 to 1977 he worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for clients such as British Broadcasting Corporation, Ford Motor Company, and Island Records. His work appeared in New Scientist, Radio Times, The Observer, Daily Telegraph, and The Times.[2]

In 1977, art director Walter Bernard hired him to work in the map and chart department of Time magazine, where Holmes later became graphics director.[1]

After a sabbatical he started his own company, which has explained things to and for a wide variety of clients, including Apple, Fortune, Nike, The Smithsonian Institution, Sony, United Healthcare, US Airways, and Visa.[3]

In 2011 Stevenson University held a retrospective show of his work titled Picture This - The Explanation Design of Nigel Holmes.[4][5]

In 2016 an exhibition of his work from 1960 to 2015 was shown at the QVIG Conference in Munich, Germany,[6] and also at the VisCom Gallery, Schoonover Center, Ohio University[7]


Partial list.

Books authored by Nigel Holmes

Books with graphics by Nigel Holmes

About Nigel Holmes

Lectures and teaching

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  1. ^ a b Heller, Steven (2006). "Introduction". On Information Design. Jorge Pinto Books Inc. pp. xii. ISBN 9780977472406.
  2. ^ "Bio Nigel Holmes". Nigel Holmes. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Visual Communication Quarterly". Visual Communication Quarterly. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Past Exhibitions Stevenson University". Stevenson University. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. ^ McCauley, Mary (13 May 2011). "Charts and graphs become art at Stevenson University". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore.
  6. ^ "Exhibition QVED 2016". QVED. Archived from the original on 5 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Communication Week". Ohio University. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  8. ^ Sandberg, Kirsten (2010). "Easy on the Eyes". Harvard Business Review Guide to Persuasive Presentations. Harvard Business Press. p. 15.
  9. ^ Dickenson Quinn, Sara (23 January 2004). "The Story Behind the Society for News Design". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  10. ^ Kaiser, Johanna (5 April 2010). "John Monahan, 55, former newspaper graphic designer". Retrieved 12 March 2015.