From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History
What do designers do when they aren’t sure how to start? That is the question, until … Eureka!! The question is the answer.
Here are dozens of images that trace the history of the question mark throughout design history, ending with the exclamation point.
See, for example:
Poster for the movie Stranger Than Fiction. Design firm: Bemis Balkind Studio
Book cover for Bush On The Couch. Designer: Rodrigo Corral
Book cover. Design firm: Why Not Associates
I even used the motif for the book jacket of Karl Jaspers’ The Question of Guilt.
Book cover for The Question of Guilt. Designer: Mirko Ilic
At least I am in good company:
Maquette for the cover of the book “On Mayakovsky” by Boris Arvatov. Designer: Alexandr Rodchenko
Record cover design for Blue Note. Designer: Reid Miles
The full slideshow on Flickr is below:
All images on this page are courtesy of Mirko Ilic, a New York-based graphic designer and illustrator. He co-authored The Design of Dissent, with Milton Glaser, and The Anatomy of Design and Icons of Graphic Design, with Steven Heller. He teaches illustration at the School of Visual Arts.