Nigel Holmes

Born 1942 in England
M.A. degree in illustration from the Royal College of Art, London, 1966

1966 - 1977

London, England.
Illustration and Graphic Design

British Broadcasting Corporation; British Design Council; Central Office of Information; Conran Design Group; Ford Motor Company; H.J. Heinz Company; Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank; Island Records; Letraset; Ovaltine; Royal Dutch Shell Company

work appeared in these publications

New Scientist; New Society; Radio Times; Woman's Mirror
Bronowski's The Ascent of Man
Daily Express; Observer; Sunday Times; Telegraph; Times

1978 - 1994

New York City
Time Magazine
1978 - 80 Designer: charts, diagrams
1980 - 84 Deputy Art Director: charts, cover concepts, art direction
1984 - 88 Executive Art Director: charts, covers, administration
1988 - 94 Graphics Director

Freelance work while at Time
American Express; Associated Press; BMW; Champion Paper; Chase; Citibank; Immunex; Kaisertech; Mastercard; Manufacturer's Hanover; Oracle Computers; Pulsar Watches; Scitex; Sonat; Timberland;
Transamerica; 13-30 Corporation
Adweek; Aldus; Channels; Cosmopolitan; Digital Review; Details; Esquire; Folio; Fortune; Geo; Glamour; GQ; Home Office; How; ID; Inc; Kids Discover; Life; Mademoiselle; Married Woman; Modern Maturity; Money; Personal Computing; Publish; Readers Digest; Rolling Stone; Smithsonian; Sports Illustrated; Sports Illustrated for Kids; Spy; Step-by-Step; New York Times; Toronto Life; Travel and Leisure


Westport, Ct.
Sabbatical from Time
Started own company: Explanation Graphics

work has appeared in these magazines and publications
American Health; American Lawyer; Amicus Journal; Attaché (USAir magazine); Details; Discover; Business 2.0 (formerly eCompanyNow) (visual columnist); Encyclopaedia Britannica; Esquire; Fortune; GQ; George Magazin; Harper's; House & Garden; How; IBM Think Magazine; Industry Standard; Information Week; Mens Health; Modern Maturity; Money; The New Yorker; New York Times; Print; Reader's Digest; Self (Contributing Editor); Sports Illustrated; Sports Illustrated for Women; Time; Time for Kids; Encyclopaedia of 20th Century; World Business

other projects include work for
AARP; Apple; Associated Press; Banker's Trust; Bristol Myers Squibb;; Escape Sailboats; Estée Lauder; Fortune Conference Division (animated films); GE Capital; Gillette; GM; IBM; Nike; The Planet Project; Random House; Sony; Time Education Program; United Healthcare; Visa


Annually from 1980: The Stanford Professional Publishing Course, Stanford University,a California
Annually from 1983: The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St Petersburg, Florida
1984-1993: Information Graphics Workshop, for industry professionals, held at Rhode Island School of Design (workshop creator and leader)


at: Apple Design Seminar, NYC; American Statistical Association; Center for Communication, NYC; CNN, Atlanta; Columbia U, NYC; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC; Crain's Communications; Christian Science Monitor; Edgewise2000, NYC; Folio Magazine Seminars; How Conference 1997, 1998, 2000, Indiana U; Ithaca College; Mag 2000 (SPD conference, Monterey); Maryland College; National Association of Broadcasters; National Computer Graphics Association; National Park Service; Parsons School of Design; Rochester Institute of Technology; Rodale Magazines; School of Visual Arts, NYC; Society of Newspaper Design Conferences; Software Publishers Association; Stanford U; Syracuse U; Technology, Entertainment & Design Conference1990, 1999, 2000; UCDA, St. Louis; USA Today; The Democratic Policy Committee, DC, November, 2000

and at Art Directors' Clubs in: Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle, Washington DC


Chemisch Weekblad, Netherlands; Editora Abril, Sao Paulo, Brazil; EIRDGC, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Fortune Global Forum, Barcelona, Spain; IFRA, London; IFRA, Munich; Indian Express Newspapers, Bombay, India; Macworld, Japan; PINC Conference, Amsterdam; O Globo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Royal College of Art, London; SND/S, Copenhagen, Denmark; Japanese Art Directors Workshop, Takayama, Japan; Straits Times Newspapers, Singapore; University of Navarra, Spain

Advisory positions

Chairman: AIGA Graphic Explanations Show, 1982
National Board member AIGA, 2001
Program Chairman: National Computer Graphics Association Conference, 1992
Board of Advisors: The Poynter Institute, Florida, 2001-2005


Gold awards from the Society of Newspaper Designers
Others (for charts and art direction) from: AIGA; Art Directors Club of New York; Creativity;
D&AD, Silver Medal (London); DESI; Malofiej Information Graphics Awards (Silver Medal) ; Print
Magazine; National Magazine Awards; Society of Illustrators; Society of Publication Designers

Author of

Designer's Guide to Creating Charts and Diagrams
1984 (Watson-Guptill, NY). Paperback,1990

Designing Pictorial Symbols
1985 (Watson-Guptill, NY). Paperback edition, 1991

Pictorial Maps
1991 (Watson-Guptill, NY)

The Best in Diagrammatic Graphics
1994 (Quarto/Batsford, London, UK)

The Smallest-Ever Guide to the Internet for Busy Executives
1996 (now in 7th Edition)

Drawing to Explain


Smallest-Ever Guide to the Hydrogen Economy
2004 (for GM)

with Richard Saul Wurman:
2 chapters in Understanding USA

Diagnostic Tests for Men
Diagnostic Tests for Women

Understanding Children

Understanding Healthcare

Wordless Diagrams