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Herbert Spencer

Herbert Spencer (1924-2002) was a typographer, graphic designer,

teacher of graphic design, and art director of the Lund Humphries

publishing house from 1969 to 1988. He was editor of the journal

Typographia and the Penrose Annual and Professor of Graphic Arts

at the Royal College of Art.

Titles by This Author

Since its first publication in 1969, Pioneers of Modern Typography has been the standard guide to the avant-garde origins of modern graphic design and typography. In this essential reference, Herbert Spencer shows how new concepts in graphic design in the early decades of the twentieth century had their roots in the artistic movements of the time in painting, poetry, and architecture. Spencer examines the "heroic" period of modern design and typography, the beginning of which he traces to the publication in Le Figaro of the Italian artist Manetti's Futurist manifesto.