Graphic: Phaidon's new book showcases 500 of the most iconic graphic designs of all time

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Never before has anyone brought together the most iconic graphic designs of all time, but now you can see them all in Phaidon's latest epic masterpiece, Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter.

From the beginnings of mechanical reproduction to the present, this exhaustive, well researched book considers how the process of visual communication and problem-solving through the use of typography, space, image, and colour informs the way we connect across languages and cultures.

Derived from the acclaimed Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design, this fascinating compendium celebrates the long, rich history of graphic design, from the first sample of movable type and the Nuremberg Chronicle of the fifteenth century to the cutting-edge magazines, posters, and ephemera of today. Compiled and written by a global team of experts, this book is international in its scope and appeal.

Expect to see designs dating back to 1377 when Buddhists printed the first text with moveable type right through to the National Socialist German Workers' Party icon – the symbol of the Nazis, and more recently Paula Scher's 'Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk' theatre poster.

This isn't a text that simply explores iconic designs; it's an historical work that visually catalogues our history. From advertising, politics and art to music, culture and media, Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter is a must-read for any discerning designer. Available to buy and order online.

Nippon, magazine cover, Nihon Kobo [Japan Studio], 1934 to 1944, selfcommissioned, Japan; image courtesy: Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art © Miwa Natori: Nippon, design Ayao Yamana, photograph Yoshio Watanabe, 1934

Nippon, magazine cover, Nihon Kobo [Japan Studio], 1934 to 1944, selfcommissioned, Japan; image courtesy: Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art © Miwa Natori: Nippon, design Ayao Yamana, photograph Yoshio Watanabe, 1934

Beethoven, poster, Josef Müller-Brockmann, 1955, Tonhalle Zürich, Switzerland; image courtesy: © Josef Müller-Brockmann Archive

Beethoven, poster, Josef Müller-Brockmann, 1955, Tonhalle Zürich, Switzerland; image courtesy: © Josef Müller-Brockmann Archive

Bauhaus programmes, book, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius, 1922 to 1931, Bauhaus, Germany: Bauhausbücher 14 by László Moholy-Nagy, 1929

Bauhaus programmes, book, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius, 1922 to 1931, Bauhaus, Germany: Bauhausbücher 14 by László Moholy-Nagy, 1929

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter

Luchshih Sosok ne Bilo i Nyet, poster, Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1923, Rezinotrest, Russia

Luchshih Sosok ne Bilo i Nyet, poster, Aleksandr Rodchenko, 1923, Rezinotrest, Russia

The Man of Letters, or Pierrot’s Alphabet, typeface, (designer unknown), 1794, Bowles & Carver, UK

The Man of Letters, or Pierrot’s Alphabet, typeface, (designer unknown), 1794, Bowles & Carver, UK

Public Theater, poster, Paula Scher, 1995, Public Theater, US: ‘Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk’, Public Theater poster, 1995

Public Theater, poster, Paula Scher, 1995, Public Theater, US: ‘Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk’, Public Theater poster, 1995

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter

Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter

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