February 26, 2016

Before They Were Famous, These Celebrities Were Graphic Designers.

Yes that’s right, before all the fame and glory, these talented celebrities started training in design, and led them to their passion.

Alan Rickman

Best known for his role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, and Die Hard’s Hans Gruber. We all appreciate the pure talent, especially as an evil nemesis, that Alan Rickman revealed. But did you know that before his fame, Rickman’s passion for creativity was expressed through his graphic design abilities. Rickman was a student at the Royal Collage of Art, in London during the late 1960’s. During this time Rickman was the journal copy editor for the RCA journal Ark (now renamed ARC). After he graduated, Rickman set up a graphic design company Grapiti with his friends and then it wasn’t until he was in his 30’s when he started his acting career.

Freddie Mercury

Before the fame, Mercury studied at Ealing Art College where he completed a diploma of Graphic Design. The iconic Queen emblem was one of his first designs, which features the four zodiac signs of the bands members and is still being used on Queen merchandise today.

David Bowie

Bowie was a student at Bromley College of Art in the early 60’s where he specialized in layout design and typesetting. This is where he achieved his signature dilated pupil, as a consequence of a fight with an art classmate, over a girl. They must have resolved the argument and continued their friendship as that classmate, George Underwood, went on to design album covers for Bowie’s early releases.

Andy Serkis

The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Dawn of the Planet Apes are just a few of Serkis’s accomplishments. Serkis found his love for everything film and acting through his time practicing design and art. He wanted to become a painter or graphic designer, and it was when he took an acting class, thinking he would be painting sets, when he fell in love with acting.

Although we have lost a few talented graphic designers, the world wouldn’t be the same if these creatives didn’t find their true calling.