50 years of Graham McCallum's iconic work on display at Kemistry Gallery

Want a closer look at some of TV’s most iconic branding? Go no further than Shoreditch, where the work of Graham McCallum is being showcased in his gallery until 30 November in honour of his 70th birthday.

Graham got his start in 1966 at the BBC - in the middle of the Corporation’s creative revolution. He coupled his silver screen work for shows like Playschool, Jackanory and Crystal Tipps and Alistair with a sideline illustration and publishing company. There, Graham made tie-ins for BBC shows like Jackanory as well as working independently for books and magazines like Penthouse.   

Working on teen music programme Riverside, Graham created segment graphics on live broad casts - the first use of digital equipment on air in Britain.

Graham co-created Crystal Tipps and Alistair, a cartoon for the BBC.

Graham since went on to co-establish his first agency, MKD, in the mid-‘80s with two others straight from the BBC design department. The agency’s major projects included award-winning titles for ITV’s snooker coverage, as well as developing branding for the launch of The Discovery Channel in Europe. This was Graham’s first major project for television and cable network branding for which he’d become so well known.

In 1997, Graham co-founded Kemistry, where he continued to produce branding and visual communications for the broadcast industries. His portfolio expanded to include Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, international news broadcaster CNN, Romania’s first 24 hour HD news channel Digi 24 and the forthcoming pan-African news channel Live 24.

Kemistry Gallery, located in the ground floor of the agency’s Shoreditch offices, is free to the public and open 10:00 – 18:00 Monday through Saturday.

For more information, visit the Kemistry Gallery website.

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