Here’s one for the wish list –a terrific boxset of 500 land mark graphic designs.
Even if you don’t agree with all of the choices and I know how strongly opinionated the Interiors & Lifestyle community is about design, The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is a wonderful idea.
Instead of fixing the images in place as a book format would dictate, Phaidon has cleverly boxed their selection as loose cards. That means you can skip the original chronological order and arrange them to suit your own themes and uses.
There are 3000 colour illustrations and 300 black and white illustrations, ranging from the Gutenberg Bible to “newspapers, magazines, posters, advertisements, typefaces, logos, corporate design, record covers and moving graphics from around the world.”
It isn’t cheap but then a reference source like this wouldn’t be. I can hear art and design walllahs trying to get this through on departmental expenses even now!
Sean O'Hagan writes about the collection here and you can go straight to Phaidon here and on You Tube
Thanks to Ken for pointing this my way.
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