Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers by David Jury
The Printer as Designer and Craftsman: 1700-1914

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A comprehensive retelling of the history of printing from 1700 to 1914 and a cornucopia of visual and technical extravagance

Who first coined the phrase “graphic design,” a term dating from the 1920s, or first referred to themselves as a “graphic designer” are issues still argued to this day. What is certain is that the kinds of printed material a graphic designer could create were around long before the formulation of such a convenient, if sometimes troublesome, term. Here David Jury explores how the “jobbing” printer who produced handbills, posters, catalogues, advertisements, and labels in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries was the true progenitor of graphic design, rather than the “noble presses” of the Arts and Crafts movement. Based on original research and aided by a wealth of delightful and fully captioned examples that reveal the extraordinary skill, craft, design sense, and intelligence of those who created them, the book charts the evolution of “print” into “graphic design.” It will be of lasting interest to graphic designers, design and social historians, and collectors of print and printed ephemera alike. 779 illustrations, 560 in color
 

About David Jury

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David Jury is an award-winning graphic designer, and head of the MA course Art, Design, and the Book at the Colchester Institute in England. His previous books include Typography Today.
 
Published November 5, 2012 by Thames & Hudson. 312 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.

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New books about design, including “Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers” and “Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers.”

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New books about design, including “Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers” and “Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers.”

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