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U&lc : Influencing Design & Typography Hardcover – February 1, 2005
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Little wonder that, as related by author/editor John D. Berry in the book U&LC: INFLUENCING DESIGN & TYPOGRAPHY, I am one of those who kept a stack of yellowing back issues of this marvelous publication. I have consulted them again and again over the years that I have been a practicing designer and just to look back at some of the best editorial work ever produced.
Being a huge fan of U&lc I was absolutely thrilled to hear about Berry's book.
When I received the book I was not disappointed in the least. There before me was an anthology of U&lc, complete with actual pages from several issues, copies of cover art for every issue and, most importantly, the feeling, verve and spirit of the original publication. Additionally, the book presents essays about how U&lc came to be and evolved over the years that it was in print publication.
U&lc, the journal, is no longer a printed publication, being replaced by a terrific online publication. But this new book should be a must for any serious student of graphic design. Believe me when I say that the typography featured in this book can and will inspire anyone currently involved in perfecting his craft as a designer. Moreover, if you are interested in what it takes to design a beautiful page in a book, magazine or anywhere type is used, pick up this book. Great stuff!
Right from its start in 1973, U&lc rocked the socks off graphic designers and type lovers across America and the world. I have not found any estimates of circulation during the earlier years, but at its peak approximately 200,000 copies were distributed worldwide.
For those who have never seen an actual copy of U&lc, the page reproductions are quite good and even retain the yellow brown patina of aged newsprint, except shrunk down from the original tabloid size to fit the book's 9 1/4 x 12 7/8 dull coated offset sheets.
In addition to Berry's article on The business of type, there are stories by Joyce Rutter Kaye, Rhonda Rubinstein and Steven Heller, three veterans of U&lc, each bringing behind-the-scene views and insights into what made the magazine remarkable.
If you don't own any old issues, the U&lc: influencing design and typography book from Mark Batty Publisher is as close as it gets. Just be aware that your graphic designer friends will want to borrow the book - it's part of the U&lc pass-along readership legacy.