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Nov 01, 2022

Proactive Graphics

Patrick Thomas

About this video


Patrick's proactive approach questions the role of the designer of the future within the rapidly evolving field of visual communication. Join Patrick as he shares a selection of his recent self-initiated and commissioned projects that take place in the public space and dissects the opportunities, challenges and possibilities of working beyond the commercial brief.


Patrick Thomas

Patrick is a graphic artist, author and educator. He studied at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London before relocating to Barcelona in 1991 where he founded the multidisciplinary studio laVista. In 2005 he published Black & White, a compilation of his work for the international Press. In 2011 Laurence King Publishing published his second book Protest Stencil Toolkit. A revised edition was released in 2019. In 2007 he set up his first silkscreen press in Barcelona and decided to concentrate self-initiated work. Since then he has exhibited his limited-editions across five continents, where many are now held in private and public collections. He set up a second silkscreen press in Berlin in 2016. In 2018 he was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Front Row about his public installation Breaking News 1.0 in Liverpool. The project has since been shown across Europe. He has given talks and held workshops worldwide, extensively in the UK, Spain and Germany. Since 2013 he is a professor of visual communication at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Since 2011 he is based in Berlin. He works between there, London, Barcelona and Stuttgart. He is a UK member of AGI. In 2020 his artwork for The Berliner Philharmoniker was shortlisted for a Grammy. In 2022 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham City University.