Title: FHK Henrion
The Complete Designer [Unit 13]
Author: Adrian Shaughnessy
Edition of 2000
My 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… Steven Heller, Print
Adrian Shaughnessy’s new book on the designer FHK Henrion offers a detailed look at the work of a seminal figure who shifted from civic-minded poster artist to pioneer of corporate identity during his long career. Mark Sinclair, Creative Review
When it comes to writing and producing graphic designer monographs few are doing a better job than Unit Editions. Their latest offering FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer is a 544pp hardback of the highest production quality – that documents the life story and vast body of work produced by Heinrich Fritz Kay Kohn, or as he called himself for most of his life, FHK Henrion. Andy Butler, Design Boom
The monograph is both a feast for the eyes and a story of a rich and complex character whose impact on design today cannot be underestimated. Carey Dunne, FastCoDesign
Henrion surely is the most underrated graphic designer of the latter part of the 20th century! If you don’t believe me, read this book – it is only through reading it I realise just how little I knew about FHK and his incredible life. Not only are Unit Editions putting out some incredible books, they’re offering an education few other publishers or even educational courses can match… FormFiftyFive
FHK Henrion has no equal in British graphic design. No UK designer – then or now – can match his sheer depth of accomplishments and range of abilities. He had an exceptional talent for rational and systematic graphic design at a time when design was still a cottage industry. Almost single-handedly he created the model of the modern professional graphic designer.
Born in Germany, he trained as a textile designer before becoming a skilled and celebrated poster artist. As a British citizen after WWII, he designed publications, exhibitions, household products, interiors and jewellery, and in the 1960s he became the founding father of modern corporate identity in Europe.
Henrion was also a notable design educator, and an energetic spokesman for his profession. He published books, wrote articles, lectured extensively and was the force behind numerous design organizations. He was admired and liked by his employees, pupils and associates, and especially by his clients. But 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 – a profession that he had helped create.
This book is the first comprehensive monograph of the work of FHK Henrion. Lavishly illustrated it charts his early experiments as a pre-war poster artist and culminates in his work as the creator of some of the most celebrated logos and identities of the 20th century, including Tate+Lyle, KLM, Blue Circle Cement and LEB.
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