Friday, 13 July 2012

Jeff and Jess get misty eyed…

Ah….to be a young graphic designer sitting in the design studios at the Poly, leafing through a copy of the latest design inspiration in paper format – the internet was just a twinkle in Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s eye.

Apart from Creative Review, one of the most collectable and eagerly thumbed was U&lc, The International Journal of Typographics, first published in 1974.
It was art directed for ITC by renowned design guru Herb Lubalin and was both trend setting and award winning over it’s 26 year run.
U&lc was a greyscale (mainly) large format tabloid and was released quarterly to a typography hungry design community

The modest 24-page first issue declared:
“U&lc will provide a panoramic window, a showcase for the world of graphic arts – a clearing house for the international exchange of ideas and information.”

Now those friendly folk at are re-releasing the magazine.

“Every month, we will make one volume (a year’s worth of publications) available through the blog. There are, however, a couple of caveats. First, the files are big – as in “way big.” The low-resolution files can be as big as 18 MB and the high-resolution files are downright huge at over 85 MB in some cases. Second, they are not perfect. The original documents were sometimes faded, cracked or torn. That combined with a semi-automated scanning process (over 9,000 pages scanned) resulted in some unavoidable “character” traits. The final caveat is that the above plan could change depending on audience interest level (or lack thereof). So, if you love it, let us know.”

So get downloading for a retro treat! And if you see the tutors a bit misty eyed you know they’ve being doing likewise…

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