The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is a collection of 500 cards, charting the evolution of graphic design through technological advancements and changes in techniques.
Mechanical reproduction in the 15th century, including the Gutenberg Bible and the Nuremberg Chronicles, the designs born out of the Industrial Revolution, icons captured in the 20th century and contemporary work is all covered off.
It’s an ambitious project realised with care and precision. Each entry is set on a double-sided A4 card, with the image on one side and its story on the reverse alongside contextual images.
The whole thing is presented in a sort of librarian’s ticket box which owes something to the design of an old box file.
It has been compiled from a graphic design gamut of books, magazines, newspapers, posters, symbols, logos, typefaces, information design, money, film graphics, identities, packaging, ads and album art.
The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design is published on 15 September by Phaidon, priced £140