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Born 1942 in England M.A. degree in illustration from the Royal College of Art, London, 1966. He worked for Time Magazine from 1978 to 1994 in New York City as Executive Art Director: charts, covers, administration and Graphics Director his work has appeared in important magazines and publications such as American Health; American Lawyer; Amicus Journal; Attachi (USAir magazine); Details; Discover; Business 2.0 (formerly eCompanyNow) (visual columnist); Encyclopaedia Britannica; Esquire; Fortune; GQ; George Magazin; Harper's; House & Garden; How; IBM Think Magazine; Industry Standard; Information Week; Mens Health; Modern Maturity; Money; The New Yorker; New York Times; Print; Reader's Digest; Self (Contributing Editor); Sports Illustrated; Sports Illustrated for Women; Time; Time for Kids; Encyclopaedia of 20th Century; World Business. His projects include work for AARP; Apple; Associated Press; Banker's Trust; Bristol Myers Squibb; CNN.com; Escape Sailboats; Estie Lauder; Fortune Conference Division (animated films); GE Capital; Gillette; GM; IBM; Nike; The Planet Project; Random House; Sony; Time Education Program; United Healthcare; Visa. He has received various Awards such as Gold awards from the Society of Newspaper Designers, AIGA; Art Directors Club of New York; Creativity; D&AD, Silver Medal (London); DESI; Malofiej Information Graphics Awards (Silver Medal); Print Magazine; National Magazine Awards; Society of Illustrators; Society of Publication Designers He is the Author of: Designer's Guide to Creating Charts and Diagrams 1984 (Watson-Guptill, NY). Paperback, 1990 Designing Pictorial Symbols 1985 (Watson-Guptill, NY). Paperback edition, 1991 Pictorial Maps 1991(Watson-Guptill, NY) The Best in Diagrammatic Graphics, 1994 (Quarto/Batsford, London, UK) and Wordless Diagrams, Bloomsbury Press 2005. From 1980 he annually teaches at The Stanford Professional Publishing Course, Stanford University, California and from 1983 at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, St Petersburg, Florida. He also lecture extensively in the US and abroad.
In the mid-1970s Holmes introduced an array of inventive new pictograms and ways to use them as key graphic elements in what he dubbed "explanation graphics" which triggered what became "information design" in magazines, newspapers, and other media.