Herb Lubalin: The Book

Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for great design-related books. From the content of books to the printing process itself, books are always a timeless source of great inspiration. The subject of my latest acquisition is legendary (and left-handed!) American graphic designer Herb Lubalin.

The book is published by Unit Editions, and is the most extensive collection of Lubalin’s work that I know of to date. A lot of care was put into not only the book itself, but the packaging it came in. Upon opening the cardboard box, the book is beautifully surrounded by arguably Lubalin’s most well-known piece, the masthead for “Avant Garde” magazine.

Inside is a biography about the man, littered with quotes from various interviews and collaborators during his career. It’s amazing to read about some of the things Lubalin was capable of, such as working with both hands at the same time.

All in all, this is a must-own for any fan of Lubalin. It’s wonderfully printed, includes a ton of inspiration, and is a great way to learn about the man behind the work.

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2 Responses to Herb Lubalin: The Book

  1. Good blog post Matthew. Were you at the event last night @ St Bride’s Library? Couldn’t help notice your numbered copy is 1247. I’ve got 0422 :)

  2. Wow! amazed I’m the first real comment… keep going!
    The Lubalin event in London last night was good with an interesting panel of speakers.

    Nova Scotia sounds charming – what’s the place like?

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