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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publication date August 1, 1998
Pages 510
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780471291985
ISBN-10 0471291986
Dimensions 1.50 by 9.25 by 11.25 in.
Weight 4.30 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $75.00
§As reported by publisher
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Critical acclaim for previous editions of A History of Graphic Design

"I expect it to become a foundation and keystone of serious study . . . it is a fortress work." -Communication Arts

"[It] traces the role of the designer as a messenger of culture." -STA Journal

"Now . . . a hefty, yet concise, documentation of the entire field exists." -Print

"It is a noble and formidable undertaking." -he Artist's Magazine

"An excellent and invaluable work." -Library Journal

"This is a reference work that reads like a novel. It's comprehensive, authoritative, graphic, and exciting." -U&lc: The Journal of Typographics

"[This book] establishes graphic design as a profession. Bravo!" -Design Issues

"A significant attempt at a comprehensive history of graphic design . . . it will be an eye-opener not only for general readers, but for designers who have been unaware of their legacy." -The New York Times

"Mr. Meggs enthusiastically conveys these excitements to us, from the invention of photography and 'popular graphics of the Victorian era' through the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, the Secession, the isms . . . to the Modern Movement. . . . More importantly, he shows us the joins as well as the parts."-rinting World

After a decade of research by the author, the first edition of A History of Graphic Design was heralded as a publishing landmark by the Association of American Publishers, who awarded it a coveted award for publishing excellence. Now, after fifteen years of development in graphic design, this expanded and updated Third Edition includes hundreds of full-color images and new material in many areas, including alphabets, Japanese and Dutch graphics, and the computer revolution which has impacted all aspects of contemporary design and communications. With its approximately 1,200 illustrations, lucid text, and interpretive captions, the book reveals a saga of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies, and important design innovations.

Graphic design is a vital component of each culture and period in human history, and in this account, an extraordinary panorama of people and events unfolds, including:
* The Invention of Writing and Alphabets
* Medieval Manuscript Books
* The Origins of Printing and Typography
* Renaissance Graphic Design
* The Arts and Crafts Movement
* Victorian and Art Nouveau Graphics
* Modern Art and Its Impact on Design
* Visual Identity and Conceptual Images
* Postmodern Design
* The Computer Graphics Revolution

A History of Graphic Design is recognized as a seminal work; this Third Edition surpasses in detail and breadth the content, design, and color reproduction of previous editions. It is required reading for professionals, students, and everyone who works with or loves the world of graphic design. This comprehensive reference tool is an invaluable visual survey that you will turn to again and again.

Editions
Hardcover
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from John Wiley & Sons Inc (January 5, 2006); titled "The History of Graphic Design"
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3rd pkg edition from John Wiley & Sons Inc (April 1, 2002); titled "The History of Graphic Design"
9780471231219 | details & prices | 9.00 × 11.50 × 1.25 in. | 5.85 lbs | List price $93.75
3 edition from John Wiley & Sons Inc (April 1, 2002); titled "The History of Graphic Design"
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The price comparison is for this edition
from John Wiley & Sons Inc (August 1, 1998)
9780471291985 | details & prices | 510 pages | 9.25 × 11.25 × 1.50 in. | 4.30 lbs | List price $75.00
About: Critical acclaim for previous editions of A History of Graphic Design "I expect it to become a foundation and keystone of serious study .
3 edition from John Wiley & Sons Inc (August 1, 1998)
9789990021080 | details & prices | List price $0.02
With Beth-sarah Wright, Meggs | 3rd edition from Van Nostrand Reinhold (November 1, 1997)
With Ronny Vollandt | 2nd edition from Van Nostrand Reinhold (March 1, 1992)
9780442318956 | details & prices | 9.00 × 11.50 × 1.50 in. | 4.00 lbs | List price $59.95
This edition also contains Arabic Versions of the Pentateuch: A Comparative Study of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Sources
About: An incredible, definitive history of graphic communication, this new edition is redesigned and updated to cover the evolution of graphic design over the past decade.
With David Paul Parris | from John Wiley & Sons Inc (March 1, 1992)
9780471289753 | details & prices | 9.00 × 11.50 × 1.00 in. | 4.00 lbs | List price $59.95
This edition also contains Reading the Bible With Giants: How 2000 Years of Biblical Interpretation Can Shed New Light on Old Texts
About: Here is the first definitive history of graphic communication.

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