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A Brief History of Type - It is difficult to cover all the developments and movements of typography in a short space. My separation of evolving technologies from the development of typefaces is an artificial one---designs and the technology used to create them are not truly separable---but perhaps it is conceptually useful.
ABC Typography - A virtual museum of Typography.
Book History - Time table of book design history
Design History Discussion List - Threads of the design history discussion list
The First Hundred Years of Printing in British North America: Printers and Collectors - This year marks the 350th anniversary of printing in what is now the United States. In the first century of that period the business of printing was in its infancy, confined to a handful of developing cities on the Atlantic seaboard and practiced by a small number of craftsmen. Even before the first century drew to a close in 1740, a historian, Thomas Prince, was attempting to collect the materials printed in the British colonies in North America.
Graphic Arts - The Senate maintains a collection of over 900 historical prints and engravings. This collection contains a rich array of 19th and early 20th century images portraying the events, people, and settings of the U.S. Senate.
Graphic Design Archive Online - 20th Century Editorial Online Design Archive
Graphic Design Timeline: 1975-1995 - Important Dates in the Last 20 Years of Design
History of Books and Printing - Chronological History of Books and Printing
History of Graphic Design - History of graphic design with Signs, Symbols and the orgins of Typography and The Graphic Revolution of the 19th Century
History of Graphic Design and Its Audience - To insist that, or to prescribe how, the history of graphic design need be taught in any particular way is to unnecessarily limit the field in both methodology and pedagogy. Since there is no consensus amongst historians of graphic design on what the history of graphic design is or what it should be, no scholar studying the subject should commit to any one way of researching, writing, and teaching.
History of Papermaking - The papermaking process has come a long way since 105 A.D. when Ts'ai Lun, a Chinese court official, invented paper. Paper as we know it today is what your are holding in your hand. In all likelihood, Ts'ai mixed mulberry bark, hemp and rags with water, mashed it into pulp, pressed out the liquid, and hung the thin mat to dry in the sun. Thus began humanity's greatest revolution in communications.
Historical Timeline of Computer Graphics and Animation - History and timeline of graphics and animation.
Letterpress Printing in the 1960's - A compilation of information 'deciphered' from my old note books whilst an apprentice letterpress machinist at The Melbourne School of Printing & Graphic Arts, plus numerous old trade journals and books collected or 'borrowed' from employers over many years. I have had to exclude some drawings and diagrams of press settings and adjustments etc, due to their poor quality, but hope to rectify that problem some time soon!
Reading Design - My stomach dropped the first time I opened a copy of Warren Chappell’s A Short History of the Printed Word.
The Infancy of Printing - In 1639, Bernard von Mallinckordt of Munster Cathedral first associated the term "Incunabula" with books. The study of books printed during the first fifty years of printing illuminates the birth of the craft and the transition from the manuscript tradition to the print tradition.
Timeline for Graphic Design History - Design history, basic research theory, and the opportunity to experiment are essential for students to develop. The pressures of the workplace do not allow this higher development to occur on the job.
The Contributions to The History of Graphic Design PDF (1927-1942) - A thesis paper I found on the web, it might be useful to those looking for more abou the history of graphic design
GRAPHIC DESIGN HISTORY ARCHIVES / HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS GRAPHIC DESIGN
Ad Classix - Vintage ads offer a fascinating glimpse of history and represent the archival documents of our consumer driven society. If you own a vintage or show vehicle, a print of its original publicity advertisement is the finishing touch to your investment.
American Sign Museum - The American Sign Museum was founded to inform and educate the general public as well as business and special interest groups of the history of the sign industry and its significant contribution to commerce and the American landscape.
Dr. Leslie and The Composing Room - 1934 - 1942 - An Important Historical Time In The Development Of American Graphic Design ... An MFA Thesis Project
Design Archive Online - Review twentieth century magazine design and photography with biographical profiles of designers. A project of the Rochester Institute of Technology, the image archives have limited access.
Fine Printing - Fine printing is a very broad subject, but my aim at this Web site is relatively modest: to bring together some basic information that may be of interest to those who are fascinated by beautiful books and their histories.
Follow The Sun Australian Travel Poster History - Archival History of Australian Travel Posters 19302-1950s
Graphic Design from the 1920s and 1930s in Travel Ephemera - This is a virtual online gallery I've created to display and share the best items in my collection of 1920s and 1930s travel-related ephemera.
History of Swiss Posters - The Swiss Poster Collection: 1970 to the Present
History of Postscript - PostScript now exists for almost 20 years. It has made a profound impact on the publishing industry and even today remains as important as it was when the first LaserWriter printer became available.
Italian Futurist Book - This is an online exhibition of Italian Futurist books, famous for their innovative uses of typography and graphic design, from the years 1909-1944.
Library of Congress Print Collections - Collections of prints
Medicine and Madison Avenue - This website explores the complex relationships between modern medicine and modern advertising, or "Madison Avenue," as the latter is colloquially termed.
Media History Project - Promoting the study of media history from petroglyphs to pixels
Metal Type - Metal Type is the place for Printers and Typesetters who remember the old days of Letterpress Printing to come and reminisce.
NY Public Library - The New York Public Library encompasses a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers; artist clipping files; and a collection of close to 200,000 original prints
Old Ads - Old advertisements from the 60's, 70's, and 80's
Posters American Style - At the present time, poster art is in a period of renaissance. Posters have come to be regarded as mysterious cultural objects, whose flatness and literalness only deepen their resonance, as well as inexhaustibly rich emblems of the society. . . . Posters have become one of the most ubiquitous kinds of cultural objects—prized partly because they are cheap, unpretentious, "popular" art
Posters American Style - View major posters from the last century. Learn about their design, printing and historical impact on culture. Includes audio. Collection by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Swiss Posters - Take a look through The Carnegie Mellon University's Swiss Poster Collection exhibit
The Art of Poster - Contains 5000 images and descriptions of posters.
The Art of Persuasion - The history of American advertising in the early part of this century (and graphic design history more generally) is crucially in need of serious study. Only in the past fifteen years has this area of American history received any real scrutiny at all, and this has been scant.
University of Florida Rare Book Collections - The pages below are drawn from the holdings in the rare book section of the Dept. of Special Collections. They are to give you some idea as to what we have that can be used in the study of the history of typography and book design. The images of the printed material can be quite large; all sizes are given below the thumbnail.
World of Spectrum - The official world archive for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the largest on-line gaming center on the Internet
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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