Profile: Graphic Thought Facility

Fifteen is a ripe old age for a design agency, especially one featured in Computer Arts. After all, Photoshop had barely hit the shelves 15 years ago, nobody but techies talked about email, and Macromedia still hadn't been started as a company. But Graphic Thought Facility had just been born at the end of Thatcher's Britain, and during a recession that's hardly imaginable now, given the years of plenty seen at the end of the last decade.

These days, it seems that anyone and everyone has an interest in graphic design. And for the price of a PowerBook and a copy of Creative Suite, you can make a fist of your design dream. It wasn't that way when Andrew Stevens, Paul Neal and Nigel Robinson set up Graphic Thought Facility (GTF) in 1990. The three had just graduated from the Royal College of Art with MA degrees and, with a combination of grant money and teaching posts, managed to eke out an existence as a design collective. After all, when a recession hits, designers are the first to get it in the neck.

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