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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Lest I Forget Tibor

There is no anniversary, no special event. Just from time to time, I think of Tibor Kalman. With the sad passing of Steve Jobs, I thought about Tibor because he too, was stricken by cancer too early in his life. …

Design Victims of the London Riots

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the London riots happening right now; and I’m decidedly on the fence about the government’s consideration of shutting down social media. My gut feeling is that it would be an illegal act …

Designing Design History, The Movie

To call this a “movie” is a bit of an exaggeration. It is not anything like Gone With the Wind or Helvetica yet neither is it an 8mm home movie. It is a video lecture originally presented at “Graphic Design: …