Robert Sollis

Senior Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts

Camberwell College of Arts

Biography

Robert Sollis founded the graphic design studio Europa in 2007 with Mia Frostner. Europa design graphic identities, books, signs and exhibitions for institutions such as Wellcome Collection, Tate Modern, Royal College of Art, Somerset House, Victoria & Albert Museum and Greater London Authority, artists such as Ryan Gander, Martin Beck and Alice Channer and architects such as Assemble, DK-CM, East and We Made That.

Robert graduated from MA Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art in 2007 and is Senior Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts. Robert has written for Grafik, Creative Review, Design Boom and Idea Magazine. Robert has given public talks at institutions including National Gallery of Victoria, IASPIS, Strelka, ICA, Design Museum, V&A, Spike Island, St Bride and Gasworks. Robert has also taught and lectured at educational institutions including RMIT, Architectural Association, Royal College of Art, La Martinière, Danish Design School, Akademie der bildenden Künste, Ecal, Glasgow School of Art, Konstfack, HGB Leipzig and Typography Summer School.

Research interests

Identity, urbanism and the public realm.

Research statement

I am interested in the discourse around identity and urbanism. Questioning the spread of brand thinking beyond the world of commerce and into the public realm. From nation branding down to high street branding I am interested in the role that graphic design plays in the framing of a place’s identity. I look for moments when graphic design and architecture overlap and create opportunities for graphic design to play a more supportive and less top-down role in defining a place’s identity.

Selected research outputs

  • Rumors and Murmurs

    Robert, Sollis and Rasmus, Troelsen (2017) Rumors and Murmurs. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Learning with Industry

    Robert, Sollis and Tracey, Waller and Darryl, Clifton (2016) Learning with Industry. In: Graphic Design Educators' Network: Exploring Territories, 8–9 September 2016, Cardiff University.

  • Four Approaches to Typography

    Robert, Sollis (2017) Four Approaches to Typography. In: International Symposium of Typography, 17 March 2017, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

  • Identity and place and Loughborough

    Sollis, Robert and Nencini, Peter (2015) Identity and place and Loughborough. In: Identity, Civic Pride and Civic Place, 30 September 2015, The Swan In The Rushes, Loughborough, UK.

  • The Identity Facade

    Sollis, Robert (2016) The Identity Facade. In: Into the Fold, 1 March - 15 April 2016, Wilson Road Lecture Theatre, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.

  • 'ough'ough

    Sollis, Robert and Nencini, Peter (2016) ’ough’ough. [Art/Design Item]

  • Graphic Archaeology

    Sollis, Robert and Nencini, Peter (2016) Graphic Archaeology. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Design in the Public Realm

    Sollis, Robert (2015) Design in the Public Realm. In: London Design Festival, 19 September 2015, Victoria and Albert Museum.

  • Graphic Identity and the Built Environment

    Robert, Sollis (2017) Graphic Identity and the Built Environment. In: Graphic Identity and the Built Environment, 23 March 2017, RMIT University, 124 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia.

  • 'ough'ough

    Robert, Sollis and Peter, Nencini (2016) 'ough'ough. In: Market Town. Loughborough University, Loughborough, pp. 38-43.