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Herb Lubalin (1918-1981)

February 22, 2011

One of the great graphic designers of the 20th century, Herb Lubalin is perhaps best known for designing the iconic and highly recognizable font, ITC Avant Garde Gothic.  This font was soon widely used, but Lubalin complained that it was overused and abused.

Lubalin is also said to have gained the reputation as a “dirty young man” in high school with his nude drawings of Tarzan and Jane. This theme would resurface later in his career though Eros, a magazine that he helped to design. Eros was eventually shut down after the US Postal Service brought an obscenity case against it.

I’m a big fan of nearly all fonts designed by Lubalin, including ITC Serif Gothic, ITC Ronda, and ITC Lubalin Graph.

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l'oeuvre de Herb Lubalin | 1 | reproduction interdite | usage st

l'oeuvre de Herb Lubalin | 1 | reproduction interdite | usage st

l'oeuvre de Herb Lubalin | 1 | reproduction interdite | usage st

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  1. There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip.

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