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Win a Copy of the Compact Edition of Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918–81 from Unit Editions

Five copies of the compact edition of the definitive book on the iconic graphic designer and typographer Herb Lubalin will be given away

November 5, 2014

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are Magnus Hearn, B. Hovens, Sudji Lascols, Francisco Roca, and Robyn Ward. The London-based publisher Unit Editions is celebrating the life and work of Herb Lubalin (1918–81), one of the most influential typographers and logo designers of the 20th century. We’re joining the celebration and giving away five copies of the compact edition of Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918–81 written by Adrian Shaughnessy, designed by Spin, and published by Unit Editionsa book that visual culture critic Rick Poynor has called “a gorgeous, meticulously produced compendium.” (Details below.)


Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer 1918–81 (compact edition) by Adrian Shaughnessy; designed by Spin (Tony Brook), Unit Editions, 2013. 9 x 6.8 inches, hardcover, 336 pages

Enter the drawing to win a copy of the compact edition of Herb Lubalin

Win a copy of the Compact Edition of Herb Lubalin

The drawing ends Tuesday, November 11, 11:59 PM (EST).

From Unit Editions: In 2012, Unit Editions published Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer, 1918–1981. This deluxe edition—encased in a numbered, limited edition presentation box—quickly sold out. The success of the deluxe edition prompted the release of Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer, 1918–1981—The Compact Edition in December 2013.

After graduating from Cooper Union in New York, Herb Lubalin joined the booming advertising world of the 1950s—the Mad Men era. But he soon outgrew advertising and set up his own design studio with the aim of pursuing his interest in typography, lettering, and editorial design.

The Herb Lubalin studio was responsible for numerous classic logos and logotypes, many of which have entered the design canon. With his team of lettering artists Lubalin was responsible for a trio of typefaces that have become classics of 20th century typography: Avant Garde Gothic, Serif Gothic, and Lubalin Graph.

He was also an editorial designer of great originality. His work in magazines such as Eros, Avant Garde, and Fact, place him at the forefront of innovative art directors and designers whose role went beyond the creation of page layouts. Due to his expressive use of typography and his skill at storytelling through photography – often with an edge of social commentary—Lubalin was an early proponent of the designer as author.

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