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Barrie Tucker

Never an easy man to describe with words alone, Barrie Tucker has transcended labels to reach the rarefied air few designers achieve. He is a category unto himself. From early draftsman days in Australia Barrie’s design career began in a Swiss advertising agency, leading to international recognition as an outstanding freelance illustrator in London in the 1960s. Barrie returned to Australia in 1970 to open his first studio in Carlton, Melbourne; concentrating on his passion to create outstanding graphic design.

Founding the globally recognised Barrie Tucker Design (now Tucker Design) in Adelaide as well as groundbreaking sister studio Designer Wines, over the years Barrie’s creative output has touched upon practically every facet of the design spectrum. Untold numbers of international awards, publications, exhibitions, distinguished commissions and successful brands are testimony to his talents.

Recognised as a master designer by his peers, Barrie is a member of the élite Alliance Graphique Internationale a Life Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, and has been described by AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association) as an ‘Australian graphic design legend’.

Memberships: AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale), LFDIA (Life Fellow, Design Institute of Australia), Australian Design Hall of Fame (June 2008) and Honorary Life Member AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association)

Publications: ‘The Design World of Barrie Tucker’, Tokyo, 1991

Feature Articles: ‘Graphis’ magazine, Issues 190 (including cover), 266 (USA), ‘Graphis; Design Annual, 1993 (USA), ‘Identity’ magazine, Issue Winter ’89 (USA), ‘AXIS’ magazine, Issue 43 (Japan), ‘Who’s Who In Graphic Design’ First Edition 1982, Second Edition 1994 (Switzerland) ‘Graphis’ Bottle Design, 1997 (USA) ‘Critique’ magazine, 1997 (USA)

Exhibitions: ‘L’Etiquette de Vin’ Exhibition, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1990, ‘The Design World of Barrie Tucker’, AXIS Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, December, 1991, ‘World Peace Flag’ Exhibition, Polish Pavilion, World Expo ’92, Seville, Spain, 1992, ‘Three Australians’, Galerie Von Oertzen, Frankfurt, Germany, 1992, ‘Gitanes, Silhouette’ Exhibition, Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, France, 1996 ‘World Environment Poster’ Exhibition, (UNFCCC-COP3), Kyoto, Japan, 1997 ‘The World of Graphic Design’, Frankfurt, Germany, 1997 & Essen, Germany, 1998

Collections: Icograda Permanent Collection, London, UK, Museum for Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany, German Poster Museum, Essen, Germany, ‘People to People’ collage/mura, UNESCO World Headquarters, Paris, France, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, IOC (International Olympic Committee) Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland, Bibleotheque Nationale de France (National Library of France), Paris, France, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA

Design Juries: New York Art Directors Club International Awards, New York, USA, 1991; Australia Post, Stamp Advisory Committee, Melbourne, Australia, 1996-2001; Australian Graphic Design Association Awards, Adelaide, Australia, 2002

Major Lectures: ‘Barrie Tucker Design Dreams’, AGDA Lecture Series, Brisbane, Australia, 1998; ‘Barrie Tucker Speaks Design’ AGDA Lecture Series, Canberra, Australia, 1999; ‘Barrie Tucker in the Hunter Valley’, AGDA Lecture Series, Pokolbin, Australia, 1999; ‘AGIdeas’, International Design Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 2001

Working in collaboration with traditional craftspeople and artisans, Barrie’s identifiable stamp of creative excellence is now expressed in a wide range of forms. His recent projects include a range of glass sculptures and the graphic design project for Marina Pier.

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