Herb Lubalin: American Graphic Designer


This book is not yet published, but will be available from May 2024.

ISBN: 9780500028094 Category:

Adrian Shaughnessy


Available again, a major monograph on the legendary US typographer and graphic designer Herb Lubalin.

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.

Additional information

Weight 2450 g
Dimensions 22.9 x 28.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 16 May 2024
Number of pages 448
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.9 x 28.7 cm
Weight 2450 g


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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.