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NADFAS May lecture 36 Faber and Faber - 90 years of excellence in cover design. A fully illustrated lecture in English by Tony Faber 6pm Tuesday May 9, 2017 The Cultural Centre, Calle Granada, Nerja. Doors open at 5pm. Tickets only available on the night. Sponsored by A Friend of NADFAS Since its foundation in 1925, Faber and Faber has built a reputation as one of London’s most important literary publishing houses. Part of that relates to the editorial team that Geoffrey Faber and his successors built around them - TS Eliot was famously an early recruit - but a large part is also due to the firm’s insistence on good design and illustration. This lecture traces the history of Faber and Faber through its illustrations, covers and designs. Early years brought innovations like the Ariel Poems – single poems, beautifully illustrated, sold in their own envelopes. In the 1950s and 1960s, there was an emphasis on typography, led by the firm’s art director Berthold Wolpe; his Albertus font is still used on City of London road signs. In the 1980s, the firm Freedman to Peter Blake and Damien Hirst. started its association with Pentagram, responsible for the ff logo. Along the way, it has employed some of our most celebrated artists as cover illustrators – from Rex Whistler and Barnett M AY 2 017 Slides will range from book covers, advertisements and photos of key individuals, to illustrations of the concepts behind the designs. The talk will also be peppered with personal insights and anecdotes. Faber and Faber is the last of the great publishing houses to remain independent. About Tony Faber Tony Faber is the grandson of the company’s founder, and grew up steeped in its books. He was managing director for four years and he remains on the board. He is passionate about the firm’s success, and intensely proud of his association with it.