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Book of the Month: FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer [Unit 13]

Our new ‘Book of the Month’ feature provides an opportunity to turn the spotlight on our back catalogue. Until 28 February we’re offering FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer at a special price of £58.50

Our first choice for the retrospective treatment is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer. Why? Because it’s our belief that Henrion has no equal in British graphic design. No UK designer – then or now – can match his depth of accomplishments and range of abilities. 

Born in Germany in 1914, he trained as a textile designer before becoming a poster artist. As a British citizen after WWII, he designed publications, exhibitions, household products, interiors and jewellery, and in the 1960s he became the most important figure in modern corporate identity in Europe. 

He was also a notable design educator. He published books, wrote articles, lectured extensively and was the force behind numerous design organizations. He was also a designer with a social conscience, and a designer who rebelled against the over-commercialisation of the design profession in the 1980s – ironically, a profession that he had helped to create. 

As this lavishly illustrated book shows, he was the designer of some of the most celebrated logos and identities of the 20th century: Tate+Lyle, KLM, Blue Circle Cement and LEB.

Here’s what Steven Heller said about FHK Henrion: The Complete DesignerMy nominee for the best design monograph of 2013 is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer … devoted to the important English graphic designer, FHK Henrion, it is a tour de force of design, writing and editing… 


Author: Adrian Shaughnessy
Design: Spin

foiled cover and slipcase
Four colour litho print

190mm × 245mm

544 pages

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