Monday, 12 January 2009

Vivian Ridler, Printer to the University: *1913 †2009

‘There was no man or master between us.’ That was what Ken Stewart, Head of the Layout Department at Oxford University Press, told me several years ago about his relationship with Vivian Ridler, whose death aged 95 has just been announced. It sums up the great regard that he had for design, and that the designers and craftsmen who worked for the Press had for him. Although there were nominally two successors as Printer, in the eyes of many he remained the Printer to the University.

A short note with one of Judith Aronson's portraits here.

Photographed discussing old times with Bob Elliott at the Divinity School, Oxford, on the occasion of an exhibition of Christmas cards to Vivian Ridler, December 2008.

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