Perhaps most well known for his album covers for Depeche Mode and Cabaret Voltaire and for his graphic design work for Arena and The Face magazines, he is also notable for establishing the Fontworks, FontShop, and Research Studios design companies.
He trained at the Hornsey College of Art and the London College of Printing.
He is credited with redesigning the BBC's logo and creating a new font for The Times' header.
He spent his early days in Southgate, London, England.
He is a contemporary of American graphic designer John Langdon.