Edited by John D. Berry
- Page Count: 192
- Size: 9.25 x 12.875 inches
- Format: Casebound with dust jacket and fold-out endpapers
- Publication Date: February 2005
- Price: $55
- ISBN: 0-9724240-9-1
“The relevance of U&lc to designers and students today cannot be underestimated. U&lc showed how typography could be used as an art form to facilitate communication and convey ideas. Lubalin and his predessesors often did it by hand or with photo-lettering, whereas today we can use Illustrator and Photoshop. But the goal is the same, to create design that has emotion and power. The tools have evolved but the ingredients are the same—typefaces and the letterforms.” Matt Warburton, Society of Graphic Designers of Canada
UPPER & LOWER CASE (U&lc) was a defining voice in world graphic design between 1973 and 1999. It was in some ways a lifestyle magazine for the design community – providing a fascinating intersection of popular culture and graphic design in the last quarter of the 20th century.
The list of editorial contributors to U&lc is long, many prominent designers worked on designing entire issues. Their best work is showcased in this book through the reproduction of selected covers, stories and illustrations from the approximately 100 quarterly issues that were published.
This book also contains four informal but in-depth chapters on the background, context, use of design and typography, and people involved in making U&lc happen over the years.
U&lc was a classic ephemeral publication: printed on newsprint, this tabloid quarterly arrived every three months to the delight of the subscriber and everyone around – the pass-along readership of the magazine was about five to one. But the issues had to be cared for carefully if they were to be preserved, and most have disintegrated now – making this book that much more valuable for readers and admirers of this period of type and graphic design.
Illustrated in color throughout
John D. Berry is a graphic designer typographer, editor and writer. He was the final editor of U&lc. He has written widely on design and typography.