Milner Connorton Gray, UK (1952)
Milner Connorton Gray was, in the words of Henrion, ‘Britain’s doyen of the profession’. His specialties were graphic, industrial and exhibition design. Gray was a founder member of SIAD (later...Read full biography
Milner Gray was, in the words of Henrion, Britain’s doyen of the profession. Gray was a founder member of SIAD (later called the Chartered Society of Designers) in 1930; and was its president twice. He also co-founded the Industrial Design Partnership (1943), later renamed the Design Research Unit. His most important clients were Ilford and British Rail; he developed corporate identities for these and many other major companies. Gray studied painting and design at Goldsmiths College (University of London). He taught at the Royal College of Art, at Goldsmiths and was a director of Sir John Cass School of Arts and Crafts. During WW2 he served as advisor at the Ministry of Information. He co-ordinated postwar exhibitions (‘Design at Home’ and ‘Design and Work’) in London, was a consultant for the BBC schools series Looking at Things (1949–55), and designed for the British pavilions for the NY World Fair 1939, the ‘Britain Can Make It’ exhibition in 1946 and the Festival of Britain 1951.