20th July 2004





The man who created the long-running satirical TV series ‘Spitting Image’ and who has designed TV brand identities for BBC1, BBC2 and Channel Four is to be honoured by the University of Lincoln.


Martin-Lambie-Nairn, who runs the London-based branding and design agency Lambie-Nairn, is to receive an honorary Doctorate of Arts at the university’s awards ceremony in Hull in September.


The award is in recognition of Mr Lambie-Nairn’s outstanding career in branding and design, particularly in the field of television, where his agency has produced the familiar animations on BBC2, the BBC1 identities featuring dancers and the colourful Cbeebies animations for children.


He is perhaps best known for coming up with the idea of ‘Spitting Image’ in 1981, when he recruited two graduates of Cambridge School of Art – Peter Fluck and Roger Law – who were working as  illustrators and who had produced sculpted caricatures to appear in magazines.


Calculating that a political television satire using puppets might be a good investment, Mr Lambie-Nairn offered to fund a pilot episode – hence the credit throughout the long-running series: ‘From an original lunch by Martin Lambie-Nairn.’


Lambie-Nairn was founded in 1976 and focused initially on branding for television, creating ground-breaking identities for Anglia, BSB and Channel 4. The agency was also responsible for some of the UK’s most famous TV commercials.


Its past and current clients include the ITN News Channel, BT, Reuters, Friends of the Earth, ntl and O2 among many others.


Martin Lambie Nairn will receive his honorary doctorate at the University of Lincoln’s awards ceremony at Hull City Hall at 11.30am on Wednesday 8th September.


There will be a second awards ceremony at Hull City Hall 2.30pm on Wednesday 8th September.


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