Design History

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Black Designers: Missing in Action (1987)

The author of a 30-year-old Print article on diversity, Cheryl D. Holmes-Miller, surveys the industry in our summer 2016 issue to see who is designing the solution to a problem that continues to this day. Here, we share her first Print article—the one that started the conversation. For more, visit www.printmag.com/summer-16 Black Designers: Missing in...

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Black and White: A Portfolio of 40 Statements (1969)

The author of a 30-year-old Print article on diversity, Cheryl D. Holmes-Miller, surveys the industry in our summer 2016 issue to see who is designing the solution to a problem that continues to this day. Here, we dig into the Print archives to share the articles that started the conversation. For more, visit www.printmag.com/summer-16 Black...

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Honoré Daumier: The Michelangelo of Caricature

“There is a lot of Michelangelo in that fellow,” observed realist author and playwright Honoré Balzac in reference to Honoré Daumier. As one of the better-known artists of the French Realism Movement, which took place from 1840 to the late nineteenth century and was an era of artists who honed in on real life often...

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Stamps of Approval

There's so much graphic design history on these seven envelopes, they're giving Steven Heller goosebumps.

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05/01/2014: Graphic Design History in Icons

This extensive survey of design from Brooklyn’s Pop Chart Lab breaks down design movements throughout history. It kicks off with Victorian design and continues through trends in modern design, including hand-crafted and flat design. Each depicts complicated design ideas with simple, black & white iconic squares. Posters are available for purchase here. Via Co.Design.