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Bob Gill

New York

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Bob Gill was a founding partner of Pentagram Design, London. His books on design are classics and his iconoclastic illustrations and designs have earned him induction into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.

Bob Gill, American illustrator and graphic designer. He played the piano at summer resorts in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to pay his school tuition. He attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (1948–1951), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (1951), City College of New York (1952, 1955). When he graduated he became a professional graphic designer in New York City. In 1960 after an interview in a New York hotel room for a job in London, he moved to the UK to work for Charles Hobson, at a "hack advertising agency", according to Gill, which was later sold to Grey Advertising (now Grey Global Group).

April Fool's Day, 1962, Gill, Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes established Fletcher/Forbes/Gill design studio, the forerunner of Pentagram. More than 100,000 copies of the partnership’s book, Graphic Design: Visual Comparisons (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1963), were sold. F/F/G soon outgrew their small studio and moved into a huge Victorian former gun factory on a canal. They started the Designers and Art Directors Association D&AD and opened a second office in Geneva.