The Irish Jesuits required lots of printed items to promote and celebrate the 400th Anniversary of one of their leading figures, Matteo Ricci. They hired me to design all of them.
Jesuit priest Ricci was a missionary to China and a mathematician, fascinated by geometry. He was a man who—to coin a phrase—built a bridge between East and West.
My concept then, was to show this visually: with Ricci placed before a world map of his time, and with a Chinese bridge re-drawn by me, in a very geometric, technical style—via Adobe Illustrator—spanning the composition from left to right/east to west.
These were very successful, and very popular. Pat Coyle, the commissioning manager of the Jesuit Communications Centre remarked of them:
“Some of his design work for us (posters, bookcovers, flyers etc) is still commented on and requested both here and abroad.”
Indeed the poster has been framed and hung within their many offices and houses.