Dr Paul Rennie

Subject Leader Context in Graphic and Communication Design

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Paul Rennie is acknowledged as a leading authority on the historical development of graphic design in Britain. Paul combines his academic work with collecting vintage posters and curating the Rennies Seaside Modern Gallery with his wife, Karen.

Research interests

Graphic design history, poster history, speed and image culture.

Research statement

Back in the early 2000s Rennie was fortunate to be given the chance to look at some posters by Tom Eckersley and to find a story. He chose to focus on a group of accident prevention posters designed by Tom during WW2. He was awarded a doctorate for this work.

In 2012, he received an unexpected telephone call from the organisation that had commissioned these posters. They had rediscovered their archive of artwork and posters in an abandoned warehouse. Since then, he has been working with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Safety Posters (2015), a book celebrating the centenary of RoSPA and describing the significance of their poster campaign will be published in June 2015.

Selected research outputs