Matteo Ricci: Poster, Leaflet, Banner, Invitation

The Irish Jesuits required printed material to promote and celebrate the 400th Anniversary of one of their leading figures. They hired me to design it

Matteo Ricci poster design by John White

Above: Large poster, invitation card, large outdoor sign/banner and flyer
Below: Leaflet

Matteo Ricci print design by John White

Case Study


  • Large A1 poster
  • Invitation cards
  • Leaflets
  • Flyers
  • Large Outdoor Sign/Banner


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 director 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.

Art Director & Designer: John White
Client: The Irish Jesuits
Mediums: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign

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