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Herbert Spencer (1924-2002)

Written by Sébastien Hayez, 6 years ago, 6 Comments


Brownjohn and Margaret Nolan on the set of Goldfinger, London 1964
Photograph by Herbert Spencer, © Mafalda Spencer

Born in 22.6.1924 in London, England
Graphic designer, photographer, painter, author, teacher

1948: opens his own studio in London, where he designs books, art catalogues, logos, timetables and business reports.

1949-55: lecturer at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London.

1949-67: editor of Typographica magazine.

1964-76: editor of the Penrose Annual

1964: made a Royal Designer for Industry.

1966: starts teaching at the Royal college of Art in London and from 1978-85 is professor of graphic arts.

From 1968 onwards: consultant to the Post Office Stamp Design Commitee in London.

He works for W. H. Smith Ltd., the tate Gallery, British Rail, The Imperial War Museum, The Royal Institute of British Artichects and the university of Leeds as design consultants.

1970: is made director of Lund Humphries publishers in london.

Design in Business Printing. London 1952
The Visible Word
. London 1959
Traces of Man published. Lund Humphries, 1967
Pionneers of Modern Typography. London 1969
Words, words, words. London, Cologne, 1972
New Alphabets A to Z (with Colin Forbes). London, NY, 1973
The Liberated page. London, 1987

Rick Poynor’s obituary of Spencer in the Guardian

About Sébastien Hayez

Art director, graphic designer & illustrator from Lyon, France. Admin at Co-admin of the Facebook group Archives Graphiques Curator at Writer at The Shelf, issue 2.

  1. Jonathan TurnerJanuary 14, 2010, 12:16 pm

    He also published a book of his photographs called Traces of Man published by Lund Humphries (1967).

  2. Todd LopezMay 5, 2014, 5:45 am

    The Book of Numbers that he published in collaboration with his daughter, is awesome, the photographs are great.

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