Not many have been able to do that better than Lubalin. It is where you start with Lubalin and what you eventually come back to. However, "typography" is not a word Lubalin thought should be applied to his work. Recipient of medal after medal, award after award, and in named Art Director of the Year by the National Society of Art Directors, he has also been a publication designer of great originality and distinction. The "typographic impresario of our time," Dorfsman called him, a man who "profoundly influenced and changed our vision and perception of letter forms, words and language. Avant Garde literally moves ahead.
|Published (Last):||3 June 2009|
|PDF File Size:||3.12 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||13.8 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Warm thanks to all our backers! By way of an introduction to Lubalin we present the full text, here. Of course, I recognised that he was a significant American typographer and designer, responsible for some high quality typographic logos and a handful of era-defining typefaces. Yet the more I delved into the life and work of Lubalin, the more interesting he became.
He emerged as a sophisticated and surprisingly progressive designer. It is against the backdrop of this journey from skepticism to admiration, that I offer you ten things that you should know about Herbert Frederick Lubalin. He was colour-blind and ambidextrous.
An inability to distinguish colours might be thought of as a severe handicap for a graphic designer, yet Lubalin seems to have negotiated professional life without being greatly hampered by this inability. In fact, it could be argued that his colour blindness contributed to his genius for incisive black and white imagery. His ambidextrousness, however, was seen as a sign of virtuosity. So great was his virtuosity that he could draw with his right hand while signing cheques with his left.
He was a generous acknowledger of the contribution made by his employees and partners. This process made authorship questionable. Was Lubalin the sole author of his work, or was he part of a team? In interviews he always paid humble tribute to his many collaborators. Their names frequently appeared on studio promotional literature, and in the case of Carnase, DiSpigna, Ernie Smith and Alan Peckolick, he also made them partners.
Once Herb made the tissue, the ad or booklet was designed. Sometimes a phone call was all that was needed. A key member of the Lubalin studio in its final days was Mike Aron. I interviewed Mike for my book, and he told me this story. He was struggling with a design for the masthead of a new magazine called Families.
As the deadline drew near, he began to panic. Nothing was working. Then he received an internal phone call from Lubalin. The logo is now considered a classic. But it only took a phone call. We are a concept-conscious society.
He was a designer with a political conscience at a time when it was not fashionable amongst leading US designers to have one. He designed a number of left-leaning publications often, it must be said, for reasons as much to do with the artistic freedom these small magazines gave him as for their political complexions. As an employer, he hired African American women at a time when this was not common. And for Ebony magazine, he produced one of the most effective advertising campaigns, exposing discrimination amongst US corporations, reluctant to spend ad dollars in a magazine for black readers.
This was a man with a political and moral view of the world that was not common amongst prominent graphic designers of the period. In , the year before his death, Lubalin was asked to do some spec ideas for a new broadcast company — MTV.
Lublin sketched a few ideas in his usual manner — interlocking letters and sharp angles. We will never know. Ginzberg was the editor of three great publications that Lubalin designed: Eros, Avant Garde and Fact. All three publications were radical, controversial and ahead of their time. But in , Ralph Ginzberg was jailed for obscenity, over an issue of Eros. The couple were nude, but no genitalia were visible. What does this tell us?
Lots of designers have a secret — or not so secret — desire to be an artist. But I always think of Herb Lubalin as the ultimate graphic designer. Someone who loved lettering, typography, and the processes and craft of graphic communication. But it seems he had a secret desire to paint.
This surprised me. But, as I said at the beginning of this text, most of what I learned about Herb Lubalin surprised me.
Lubalin and John J. In Lubalin designed a trademark for the Saturday Evening Post that it used for several years. His work redesigning the magazine was portrayed in a cover painting by Norman Rockwell. Private practice[ edit ] Lubalin created a trademark for the World Trade Center at its opening Supreme Court case on obscenity, Ginzburg v. United States U.
How Herb Lubalin Triumphed as a Colorblind Designer
Warm thanks to all our backers! By way of an introduction to Lubalin we present the full text, here. Of course, I recognised that he was a significant American typographer and designer, responsible for some high quality typographic logos and a handful of era-defining typefaces. Yet the more I delved into the life and work of Lubalin, the more interesting he became. He emerged as a sophisticated and surprisingly progressive designer. It is against the backdrop of this journey from skepticism to admiration, that I offer you ten things that you should know about Herbert Frederick Lubalin. He was colour-blind and ambidextrous.