Phaidon’s History Of Graphic Design From Buddhists To Barack

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter is a book that celebrates the long, rich history of graphic design. Derived from the acclaimed Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design (2012), this new compact compendium, which will be available in March, features 1,000 color images and pairs visually interesting examples side-by-side with an explanatory timeline in the back of the book.


Spanning over 600 years, Graphic includes examples from Buddhist texts from 1377 and Morse Code to the Apple logo, Shepard Fairey’s Obama “Hope” poster, and many more cutting-edge magazines, advertisements, and ephemera of today. An affordable way to quickly familiarize oneself with great design, it is a highly browseable object and the ultimate reference guide for design professionals and enthusiasts alike.