Alvin Lustig

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1915–1955 | BORN: Denver, Colorado | EDUCATION: Los Angeles Community College, Art Center School

Worked in multiple design disciplines

Took an intellectual approach to solving problems

Designed groundbreaking book covers

Magazines, interiors, book jackets, packaging, fabrics, hotels, mall signage, the opening credits of the cartoon Mr. Magoo—even a helicopter—Alvin Lustig designed all of them. He always felt the title “graphic designer” was too limiting, and it’s clear why: He designed everything. And he did it all before dying at the young age of 40.

Lustig started in Los Angeles, and moved between there and New York a few times. ...

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