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Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer

Adrian Shaughnessy


A major monograph on the legendary US typographer and graphic designer Herb Lubalin

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One of the original Mad Men, Herb Lubalin (1918–1981) was a giant of American design and typography whose passion for rebellion and innovation made him one of the most successful art directors of the 20th century and beyond. He is perhaps most recognized for his typeface Avant Garde, but his reach extended far and wide. A constant boundary breaker on both a visual and social level, he was a co-creator of the culture-shocking magazines Avant-Garde, Eros and Fact, and founder of the equally influential U&lc.

Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer features hundreds of examples of Lubalin’s work and previously unseen photographs of him at work and play. Divided into sections on his work in advertising, typography and editorial, it also features an extensive biographical text by Adrian Shaughnessy that includes interviews with George Lois, Seymour Chwast, Alan Peckolick, Carl Fischer, Steven Heller and members of the Lubalin family.

Produced in association with the Herb Lubalin Study Center at Cooper Union, New York, and with the active cooperation of the Lubalin family, this monograph is the definitive work on one of America’s most influential designers.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 28.0 x 21.8 cm

Extent: 448 pp

Illustrations: 690

Publication date: 16 May 2024

ISBN: 9780500028094

About the Author

Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer, writer and publisher based in London. He is a senior tutor in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. His previous books include How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul, Graphic Design: A User’s Manual and The Graphic Language of Neville Brody 3.