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Ashley Havinden (1903–1973)[1] was an influential British graphic designer in the mid twentieth century, specializing in posters, advertisements, logos and typography, he was also a textile and rug designer.[2] In 1947 he was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.

Ashley Havinden
Born1903 (1903)
Died1973 (1974) (aged 70)
OccupationGraphic designer
Havinden's poster for the Britain Can Make It exhibition. Council of Industrial Design, 1946.
Fosh and Cross (printer), Havinden, Ashley (artist), Her Majesty's Stationery Office (publisher/sponsor)
Ashley Script Typeface

Early careerEdit

Havinden worked for the important advertising agency W.S. Crawford from the age of 19 where he was influenced by Stanley Morison who had introduced the sans serif faces for Monotype. The American designer Edward McKnight Kauffer was another influence. Havinden began to use asymmetrical layouts and new forms of lettering which he combined with the pithy words of copywriter Bingy Mills to produce a distinct style.[3]


For Monotype he created the font Ashley Crawford (1930) and its variant Ashley Inline.[4] In 1955 Monotype also released the typeface Ashley Script, by which he immortalised his own handwriting in type.


  1. ^ "Britain Can Make It | Havinden, Ashley | V&A Search the Collections". Retrieved 2014-03-10.
  2. ^ Jackson, Lesley (2012). Alastair Morton and Edinburgh Weavers : Visionary Textiles and Modern Art (Hardback ed.). London: V&A. p. 321. ISBN 9781851776603.
  3. ^ Ashley Havinden: Advertising and the Artist studio international, 12 January 2004. Retrieved 10 April 2014. Archived here.
  4. ^ Font Designer – Ashley Havinden, 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014. Archived here.

Further readingEdit

  • Ashley Havinden: Advertising and the artist. National Galleries of Scotland, 1999. ISBN 1903278376
  • Calvocoressi, R (1978). "Ashley's Textiles". Journal of the Decorative Arts Society. No 3: 4–14.
  • "Creative Men of The Agencies: no 3 Ashley". Art & Industry. 24: July–Dec: 191–7. 1938.

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