What was printing like before graphic designers? Not as boring as you might think! Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman 1700 – 1914 is a new coffee table book published by Thames & Hudson (www.thamesandhudson.com) that showcases some of the inspiring artwork created by print pioneers and anonymous jobbing printers prior to the start of ‘The Great War’.
Written by award-winning graphic designer and typography expert David Jury, Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers features work from influential typographers and printers such as Giambattista Bodoni and William Morris. At 312 pages, Jury’s lovingly compiled book has nearly 800 illustrations of books, catalogues, pamphlets, posters, adverts, packaging and other items printed from the 18th to early 20th centuries. His previous books include Typography Today and Letterpress: The Allure of the Handmade.
A great source of reference for today’s graphic designers, this hardback should ideally be given out to every design student on the first day of their college or university course. Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers: The Printer as Designer and Craftsman 1700 – 1914 (ISBN 9780500516461) is out now, priced £36.