As one of China’s top book designers over a career of 40 years, Lu Jingren played a key role in redefining the art, making it more than just creating a cover for a book.
Born in 1947 in Shanghai, Lu started his career as an art editor at a publishing house in 1978. Later he studied at the workshop of Kohei Suguira, a world-renowned book designer, in Japan.
He won many awards at home and abroad for some of the 2,000 books he designed over the past four decades. A selection of his works are now on display until September 2 at the three exhibition halls of the Liu Haisu Art Museum.
“Book designing should include bookbinding, typographic design, editorial design and infographic design,” Lu says
“In my eyes, a book designer is akin to the second author of the book. He also should take the role of a movie director to strengthen the interpretation of the words through visual modes,” he adds.
Lu, an advocate of traditional culture, is widely recognized as a “defender of Chinese scroll culture.” He likes to fuse traditional Chinese elements into his book designs, creating an unexpected visual impact.
Date: Through September 2, 10am-4pm
Venue: Liu Haisu Art Museum
Address: 1609 Yan’an Rd W., Shanghai