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John Spencer

Life and times John Spencer Award-winning creative director and graphic designer Waving the flag for instinct and imagination Author of Time Flies When You're Having Fun, an A to Z of idiosyncratic letters Coming soon, my new book There’s no bullsh*t like design bullsh*t Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Member of the International Society of Typographic Designers Offthetopofmyhead We’re creatively led but all our work is underpinned by a sound understanding of business strategy. We work in a more flexible, responsive way than conventional, studio-based agencies. Offthetopofmyhead is a collaboration between the most talented and experienced people around and brings together the best team of specialists for each job. We work together remotely using the latest technology so we don’t have high overheads and offer better value. Importantly, our virtual agency model is allowing our clients to work safely with us during the Coronavirus pandemic. Career Offthetopofmyhead Founder and creative director 2012-present Birmingham City University External examiner 2014-2016 Spencer du Bois Founder and creative director 2002-2012 Spencer Landor Founder and creative director 1990-2002 CleaverLandor Creative partner 1987-1990 Allied International Designers Head of design 1976-1987 Clients Mindboggling technologists, philanthropic financiers, lionhearted managers, adventurous capitalists, go-getting campaigners, visionary policymakers, ingenious manufacturers, risk-taking trailblazers Work Names include… Alcohol Change UK for the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK; Rethink, formerly National Schizophrenia Fellowship; Shape the Future, a campaign for The Royal Academy of Engineering; Showhow, formerly London Arts Training Consortium; Tribal Voice, a project by Survival International; and UEFA People, a campaign by European football's governing body Logos and graphic identities include… English Shakespeare Company, King Edward VII’s Hospital, Lloyd's Register, MS Society, Royal College of Nursing, Sadler's Wells, Survival International, The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, The National Archives and The Royal Academy of Engineering Campaigns include… Assume Nothing for Terrence Higgins Trust, Held to Ransom for International Planned parenthood Federation, Enough Said for World Society for the Protection of Animals, Putting the Pieces Together for MS Society and Stop the Con for Survival International.


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