In Memory of David Pocknell

Commentary — Nov 24, 2021

A Pentagram partner from 1992-1994, the graphic and architectural designer has passed away at age 78.

It is with great sadness that Pentagram notes the passing of David Pocknell, graphic and architectural designer who died this week at age 78.

Prior to becoming a Pentagram partner in 1992, David had his own very successful design company, employing many people in his studio just outside of London in the heart of Essex. During his relatively short tenure at Pentagram, David completed a series of notable projects for high profile clients including London Transport, Royal Bank of Scotland and Great Ormond Street. His work won numerous design awards, and he gained a reputation as a leading voice in British graphic design. 

David had a longstanding interest in three-dimensional design and after leaving Pentagram he built an equally successful practice as an architectural designer, restoring barns and agricultural buildings. He applied the same modernist sensibility to these, creating timeless, beautifully considered and immaculately crafted spaces to great acclaim. Architectural property consultants The Modern House once remarked that: “David Pocknell’s exciting and intelligent work at Great Saling in rural Essex is perhaps Britain’s finest barn conversion.”

Pentagram sends its condolences to David’s wife Sally and his family.

With thanks to Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook

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