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Following an undergraduate Graphic Information Design degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification, I completed a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art.
I worked for Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (Netherlands Broadcasting Service) then for Sebastian Conran Associates before establishing a studio in East London with Russel Warren-Fisher and Hannah Tofts.
I wrote and designed a series of 32 non-fiction Children's books in science, history and geography which were published in 14 languages across 26 nations.
In 1994, I won the American Institute of Physics Award for Science Writing and in 1997 the Geography Gold Medal for Most Significant Contribution to Geography.
I became Head of Typography at London College of Printing then Course Director for MA Communication Design at CSM and, subsequently, Academic Programme Leader at the University of Brighton. I was finally appointed Associate Head of School and Head of Department: Graphic Design at Kingston School of Art.
School Head of Department
I have undertaken research in the field of Graphic Design, the outputs have characteristically been in the form of designed books. In 2002 I wrote, with Phil Baines 'Type and Typography'. In 2006 I wrote and designed 'Book Design' which comprehensively examined a range of historical and contemporary approaches used by book designers. The book 'Lettering a reference manual of techniques' won the British book Design: best Academic Book 2012 and was a three year project which photographically documented the way in which type and lettering is reproduced. In 2014 'When War is Over' with Daniel Alexander documented the memorial designs of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The ongoing 'Collaborative 6x6 Letterpress Research Project' with Rose Gridneff, Kingston School of Art and Alex Cooper London College of Communication aims to identify and systematically survey all the type and equipment within letterpress workshops in FE/HE in Britain and Ireland.
Gridneff, Rose , Haslam, Andrew and Cooper, Alexander, eds. (2014) 6x6: Collaborative Letterpress Project. Brighton, U.K. : The London College of Communication. ISBN 9781905593989
Haslam, Andrew, Cooper, Alexander and Gridneff, Rose (2015) 6x6 letterpress: looking backwards to look forward. In: Aldred, Danny and Waeckerle, Emmanuelle, (eds.) Code-x : paper, ink, pixel and screen. Farnham, U.K. : bookRoom. ISBN 9780957682832
Cooper, Alex, Gridneff, Rose and Haslam, Andrew (2017) An education in letterpress : from apprentice to design student. In: From Craft to Technology and Back Again : Print's Progress in the Twentieth Century; 30 - 31 Mar 2017, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)
Gridneff, Rose, Cooper, Alexander and Haslam, Andrew (2014) 6x6 : collaborative letterpress dialogues. In: Typographic Dialogues - ATypI Barcelona 2014; 17 - 21 Sep 2014, Barcelona, Spain. (Unpublished)