Hamish Muir completed his design education at the Basel School of Design in 1981 where he studied under Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart. Muir is a founding principal of 8vo. Founded by Mark Holt, Simon Johnston and Hamish Muir, 8vo designed a wide range of typographically-based projects in identity, print, publishing, record packaging and information design for clients in the UK, Europe and the U.S. between 1984 and 2001. From 1989–1994, 8vo designed over forty exhibition catalogues and posters for Wim Crouwel as client during Crouwel’s tenure as Director of the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
Hamish was also editor of Octavo, International Journal of Typography. It was edited, designed and published by 8vo as an eight issue series between 1986 and 1992. The first seven print-based issues were all to the same format of A4, 16pp. The eighth issue was published as an ‘interactive’ CD-ROM. With Mark Holt, Muir wrote and designed ‘8vo: on the Outside’, published by Lars Müller in 2005.
Since 2001, Muir has taught part-time on the BA (Hons) Graphic and Media Design programme at the London College of Communication (formerly the LCP).
In 2010, Hamish co-founded MuirMcNeil with Paul McNeil. MuirMcNeil’s activities are focussed on exploring parametric systems in typographic design. MuirMcNeil received ISTD Premier Awards for their work in both 2011 and 2014.
Hamish Muir is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).