Lou Reed, Pass Thru Fire

— Stefan Sagmeister

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Lou Reed, Pass Thru Fire(Book Design)
The collected lyrics of Lou Reed features a self portrait with embossed type on its cover.
The lyrics are divided into chapters according to each album. Every album has its own@typographic style reflecting the overall mood and feel of the words and the music. 
The steadiness and simplicity of his work is reflected by the use of one single typeface throughout the book. This typeface gets drunk, does drugs, becomes incomprehensible, dresses up, is mean, visionary, gorgeous and glowing. Its Lou’s voice.

Stefan Sagmeister
Born in Austria. Received his MFA in graphic design from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a master’s degree from Pratt Institute in New York.
Formed the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed graphics and packaging for the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Lou Reed, Aerosmith and Pat Metheny. Has been nominated four times for the Grammies and has won most international design awards. In 2001 a monograph about his work titled “Sagmeister, Made you Look” was published by Booth-Clibborn editions.