Jasper Dimond 1933-2013.

Jasper was a student of Beckenham School of Art from 1950 to 1954.

After completing his National service at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) in Paris, where he met both the Queen Mother and Field Marshal Montgomery, Jasper commenced his career as a Graphic Designer with the London Press Exchange. Later he moved to Hobson Bates and at both advertising agencies worked on a number of highly successful campaigns.

He met his wife Gill at the LPE and they purchased their first house at Lindfield in Sussex. Jasper and Gill had two children and four grandchildren. In the later part of his career he left London and set up a freelance studio in Hurstpierpoint where he continued to produce his brilliant designs, illustrations and children’s books noteworthy among which was his Noah’s Ark story with cut out Ark and animals. He followed this with a similar format design on dinosaurs – both books selling very well in Europe and America, were published by Hamish Hamilton. He (ghost) drew many of the Roger Hargreaves ’Mr Men’ books and other work included corporate identity designs for Air Europe and Air Malta.

Jasper treasured his time at BS of A and was always keen to be in touch with past alumni, amongst whom he had many friends.

He was a gifted pianist, finding it very difficult to resist any opportunity to tickle the ivories. A particular fan of Scott Joplin, when the chance arose, as it often did, he would quickly accumulate an appreciative audience and those from the ‘50 to ‘54 classes at Beckenham may just remember the beckoning sound of the old upright drifting out of the General Drawing Room.