Download Historic Typographic Magazine, U&lc for Design Inspiration

Before we had a myriad of online resources for design inspiration and news about our industry, publications like U&lc, The International Journal of Typographics provided the design industry a showcase for the world of graphic arts, and a platform for the international exchange of ideas and information (as the U&lc describes itself in its premiere issue). U&lc, The International Journal of Typographics was an esteemed newspaper/magazine founded in 1974 and published by International Typeface Corporation for 26 years focused on the art of communication through graphic design, typography, illustration, photography and writing. Graphic design and art director icon Herb Lub­alin (read more about him in an article published by AIGA/the professional association of design herewas the editorial and art director for the first issue, setting the stage for the content and design of the publication.

Although hard copies of this historic publication are available in limited quantities, has made electronic scanned copies available for download in PDF format on its Website (for free!). These historic copies of U&lc are great for design and typographic inspiration, as well as a resource for learning about the history of our industry.  Download the low res copies below, and visit for high res copies, and to check back for more issues of U&lc.

Click below to download the following issues of U&lc:

Volume 1-1 (low res 5.2 MB)

Volume 1-2 (low res 10.4 MB)

Volume 1-3 (low res 10.6 MB)

Click here to get the high-res versions on

Do you love typography, graphic design and publication design? Check out FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Graphic Design program.

For more inspiration in graphic design and digital media, visit our main site at to browse galleries of Alumni-designed movie posters, magazines, photography, logo design and branding, skateboard decks, movie reels, and much, much more.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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