In Memory of Professor Phil Baines

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Phil Baines on Friday 19 January 2024. Phil will be fondly remembered for his work at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, his commitment to teaching and his boundless enthusiasm for typography.

The reimagined Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft was opened by Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, on 20 September 2013 after a major refurbishment. To accompany the museum development, a new identity was designed by Phil Baines, Professor of Typography, University of the Arts, London. Born in Kendal, Cumbria in 1958, Phil originally undertook Roman Catholic priesthood at Ushaw College, Durham, and this time shaped Phil’s approach to typography and design throughout his career. The influence of medieval manuscripts, typographic detailing and letterpress are celebrated in Phil’s work, and bring a smile to visitors at the museum daily.

Phil’s unique approach to typography helped shape the identity and aims of the museum and is an integral part of who we are.

You will be very much missed Phil.

The DMAC team.