A history of graphic design

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Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992 - Art - 508 pages
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This "bible of graphic design" is known as the definitive reference on the history of graphic design. It is one of the most comprehensive, exhaustive, and informative resources on the history of graphic design, updated and revised with additional information and photos. This new and updated edition features hundreds of new full-color photos throughout the book, as well as new information on computer graphics and non-Western history.

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Graphic Communications in Ancient Egypt
The Asian Contribution
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The late PHILIP B. MEGGS was a designer, educator, and author. He was School of the Arts Research Professor, Communication Arts and Design Department, at Virginia Commonwealth University; visiting faculty at Syracuse University and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland; and contributing editor to "Print" magazine. He authored more than a dozen books and 150 articles and papers on design and typography, including a section on graphic design in "Encyclopedia Britannica," He was inducted into the Art Directors Hall of Fame and received its Educator's Award for lifetime achievement and significantly shaping the future of the fields of graphic design education and writing.

ALSTON W. PURVIS is Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Boston University. During his career, he has worked as an instructor at The Cooper Union and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts at The Hague. His photographs have been exhibited in Amsterdam, London, New York, and Paris. He is the author of Dutch Graphic Design, 1918-1945 (Wiley) and H. N. Werkman; and coauthor of Graphic Design 20th Century; A Century of Posters; and Wendingen: A Journal of Arts 1918-1932.

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