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Spitting Image creator and Channel 4 designed Martin Lambie-Nairn dies aged 75

Martin Lambie-Nairn, a graphic designer credited for the creation of Spitting Image and the iconic Channel 4 logo, has died, aged 75.

The news was confirmed by friends and family online, who state that he died on Christmas Day, with the cause of death not known.

The announcement read: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Martin Lambie-Nairn on Christmas Day.

‘In a career spanning five decades, Martin was widely acknowledged as one of the leading graphic designers and creative directors of his generation.

‘From his groundbreaking identity for the launch of Channel 4 in 1982 and the rebranding of BBC News to his appointment as a Royal Designer for Industry and creating the original idea and concept for the TV series Spitting Image, Martin’s accolades and achievements are too numerous to list.

‘His exceptional work, kindness and infectious creative spirit touched the lives of so many people.

‘He will be hugely missed by everyone who had the privilege to work alongside him over the years.’

A version of the Channel 4 Blocks logo remains in use to this day (Picture: Channel 4)

Owner of the Lambie-Nairn agency, Martin helped create some of the most well-known visuals of British television.

This includes the original 1982 Blocks of Channel 4, which is still used in its branding to this day, as well as the BBC globe balloon indent that was used in the early 2000s.

A 1981 business lunch resulted in him being credited for the creation of the highly popular satire puppet show, Spitting Image, as he came up with the concept in discussion.

He held the position of consultant creative director of the BBC for 12 years, before moving on in 2002.


Credit: Original article published here.

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