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Typographics: FHK Henrion, The Complete Designer, with Adrian Shaugh­nessy

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This talk was given in The Great Hall at The Cooper Union on June 13, 2015 as part of Typographics. Adrian Shaughnessy discusses the life and work of FHK Henrion – the German born designer who revolutionized and professionalized identity design in Europe in the 1960s and 70s. Saul Bass said about Henrion: ‘There is no one I know who has a truer inner compass than Henri. In a world of debased standards and currency, his values were still worth one hundred cents on the dollar.’ In his talk, Shaughnessy discusses Henrion’s life and work, and touches on issues relating to the writing, designing and publishing of books about graphic design history? Adrian Shaughnessy spent fifteen years as creative director of Intro, the design studio he co-founded in 1988 in London. In 2004, Shaughnessy left to pursue an interest in writing and lecturing, and to work as an independent design consultant. His book How to be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul, has sold 80,000 copies to date, and has been issued in numerous foreign language editions. He is a contributing writer to Design Observer. In 2010 Shaughnessy was elected to AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). He hosts an occasional series of one-hour radio shows on Resonance FM called Graphic Design on the Radio. He is a Senior Tutor on the Royal College of Art’s visual communication programme, and co-founder of the publishing company Unit Editions. The company has published a wide range of graphic design books. Shaughnessy is the author of monographs on Herb Lubalin, Ken Garland and FHK Henrion.