Mr Phil Cleaver


Mr Phil Cleaver
NameMr Phil Cleaver
Job titleProfessor in Creative Industries
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Design
Email addressp.cleaver@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0246-0935
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Phil Cleaver is an established and multi award-winning heavyweight in the graphic design world. Protégé of Anthony Froshaug, Phil honed his design and typographic skills under Alan Fletcher at Pentagram, Wim Crouwel at TD in Holland, and Michael Wolff at Wolff Olins. 

In 1984 Allied International Designers recruited Phil as creative director of branding. In 1987 he established CleaverLandor, a specialist design consultancy, whose success led to such rapid growth that Phil found himself increasingly paper-pushing and decreasingly pencil-pushing, so he set up design consultancy et al, in 1992; a tight-knit consortium of like-minded design professionals. 

He lectures worldwide on design, and his early typographical work is archived in St Bride’s Printing Library. His book design is in the permanent collection of the V&A Museum’s National Art Library. 

Phil also wrote and designed, What They Didn’t Teach You In Design School, This book helps new designers make the transition from design school to work, giving them the ammunition they need for a successful start. Published in the USA and UK. Sold out within three months in the UK/USA, now in 6th reprint with translations in Chinese, Russian, Korean and Spanish.

Teaching

Professor in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University 

Visiting Professor of Typography Birmingham City University

Fellow of Hereford College of Arts

Adjunct Professor of University Sains, Malaysia

Adjunct Professor at Taylor’s Design School, Malaysia

Visiting Professor Huanggang Normal University, China

Visiting Professor Sias University, Xinzheng, Henan, China

Visiting Professor, Xuhai College of China University of Mining and Technology, China

Executive Director of China Europe International Design Culture Association (CEIDA)

Education and qualifications

BA [Hons] 1st
13 Jun 1978
Central School of Art & Crafts

Grants

Projects

  • Wolpe collection

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

Margaret Wolpe: The curious maker

Cleaver, P. and McCue, J. 2023. Margaret Wolpe: The curious maker. Oxford, UK Impress Publishing.

Love of typography & letterforms & poetry

Cleaver, P. 2022. Love of typography & letterforms & poetry. Oxford Impress Publishing.

Book-Object-Art Winterbouren House and Garden

Cleaver, P., Bailey-Tait, S. and Bradshaw, A. 2022. Book-Object-Art Winterbouren House and Garden.

Taming the dragon: Rebranding Cardiff City Council

Cleaver, P. 2020. Taming the dragon: Rebranding Cardiff City Council. Zhuangshi - Chinese Journal of Design. 2020 (5), pp. 058-065.

Book-Object-Art

Cleaver, P. 2019. Book-Object-Art.

Jan Staël von Holstein's Book – An original copy

Cleaver, P. and von Holstein, J. 2019. Jan Staël von Holstein's Book – An original copy. London, UK Impress.

Adrian Bradshaw's book – The door opened: 1980s China

Cleaver, P. and Adrian, B. 2018. Adrian Bradshaw's book – The door opened: 1980s China. London, UK Impress.

Berthold Wolpe - The Total Man

Cleaver, P. 2018. Berthold Wolpe - The Total Man. Lettering Arts Centre Snape Maltings IP17 1SP 23 Mar - 24 Jun 2018

Berthold Wolpe: The Total Man

Cleaver, P. 2018. Berthold Wolpe: The Total Man. London, UK Impress.

where it all started: a brand menagerie

Cleaver, P. 2018. where it all started: a brand menagerie. London Impress.

David Holmes' Book – A Brush with The Music of Time

Holmes, D. and Cleaver, P. 2017. David Holmes' Book – A Brush with The Music of Time. London Impress Publishing.

In Situ

d'Este, J. and Cleaver, P. 2017. In Situ. London Impress.

Delete A & insert R

Bird, J. and Cleaver, P. 2016. Delete A & insert R. London Impress.

Charles Hasler sends his greetings

Cleaver, P., Hendon, Z., Audas, J. and Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture 2015. Charles Hasler sends his greetings. London, UK Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture.

Exploring the visual ingredients of a multi-cultural Malaysia

Lewis, C. and Cleaver, P. 2015. Exploring the visual ingredients of a multi-cultural Malaysia. Middlesex University and University Sains Malaysia.

These sad places, why must you enter them?

Cleaver, P. 2014. These sad places, why must you enter them? London, UK Impress.

Book-Object-Art

Cleaver, P. 2014. Book-Object-Art. Ketchum, 35-41 Folgate Street London E1 6BX 25 Sep - 14 Nov 2014

Book-Object-Art (2014 - 2020)

Cleaver, P. 2014. Book-Object-Art (2014 - 2020).

What they didn’t teach you in design school

Cleaver, P. 2014. What they didn’t teach you in design school. 2014 ilex.

Phil Cleaver [Arcadian Bembo]

Cleaver, P. 2013. Phil Cleaver [Arcadian Bembo]. in: Briem, G. (ed.) The Briem report: letterforms 2012 Operina. pp. 48-49

How to play the penny whistle

Landor, G. and Cleaver, P. 1980. How to play the penny whistle. Music Sales Ltd.
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