Collection of photographs, brochures, newsletters, publications and posters related to the graphic design, commercial art and teaching career of John Whittenbury.
John Whittenbury (1929 - ) is graphic designer, illustrator, commercial artist, teacher, and visual merchandiser. Whittenbury was born in Adelaide in 1929. He began his career at Chrysler Australia in 1948 and while he started on the factory floor, his skill as an illustrator was noticed. He was soon producing technical drawings for the company. From 1952-1962 Whittenbury worked as a draftsman-illustrator for the RAAF, in Victoria, developing his distinctive communication aesthetic on informative posters. In 1961 he completed an Associate Diploma in Advertising Art at RMIT University and the following year began work as a designer for the Post-Master General’s Department (PMG). Here, in addition to designing posters that were distributed to post offices around Australia, he designed fully interactive public exhibitions, such as the “Science in Communications” exhibit. After a year as chief graphic designer/marketer for ISI Australasia Pty Ltd in 1970, Whittenbury commenced work at the Melbourne College of Decoration where he remained for almost two decades designing publications and teaching graphic design, 3D display, visual merchandising, and window dressing. He retired in 1991.
This collection contains work from John Whittenbury’s 60 year career, showcasing his technical, printmaking and illustrating skills as well as his keen eye for communicating commercial ideas through graphic design. There are four boxes, and these are organized by media and in chronological order comprising Box 1 (Photographs), Box 2 (Records relating to his employment with the Melbourne College of Decoration and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Box 3 (Melbourne College of Design, ISI Australia Pty Ltd and Melbourne College of Design); Box 4 (Posters produced over his career for RAAF, PMG and others). An inventory is available.