A History of Graphic Design in the 20th Century Book
Regular books on design history are great for research, but their extensiveness is discouraging for many students. This book is more approachable and illuminates different aspects of graphic design in the 20th century within individual chapters instead of a single chronological walkthrough. Thus, the reader becomes acquainted with the overall development, world history, and technology before studying movements or individual designers. The structure provides a richer context and invites for a non-linear reading with cross references.
This book was part of my master’s thesis. I channeled my passion for the history of graphic design into something tangible and researched how to convey the content in a better way. (I blame Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk for that.) The fourth iteration of the book comprises of 128 pages and it’s still used as the main reading material for the design history course at my alma mater in Konstanz, Germany.