Design History


Stamps of Approval

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


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.

An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual and editorial errors. Marxist and feminist critics might deal with the two Martha Stewart...

My First Design History Primer

Back in 1970, over a decade before the first edition of Philip B. Meggs’ A History of Graphic Design (1983), Ann Ferebee published the first edition of A History of Design from the Victorian Era to the Present (below). It was my first design history primer and still sits well paged on my shelf....

Lucian Bernhard Speaks!

Lucian Bernhard (1883–1972) is the father of the modern advertising poster known as the sachplakat or “object poster.” He was based in Berlin, but moved freely between New York and there. Finally settling in Manhattan in the mid-1920s. Around that time Gebrauchsgraphik, the leading German advertising design magazine, devoted part of an issue to...