As a graphic design student at Brigham Young University I was introduced to U&lc, "The International Journal of Typographics." I came to anticipate the arrival of each issue, packed not only with the latest type fonts from International Typeface Corporation, but with interesting articles about subjects ranging from the Chinese zodiac to wines and cheeses. U&lc was fun and featured examples of cutting-edge typography by some of the world's greatest graphic designers.
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!