- To insist that, or to prescribe how, the history of graphic design need be taught in any particular way is to unnecessarily limit the field in both methodology and pedagogy. Since there is no consensus amongst historians of graphic design on what the history of graphic design is or what it should be, no scholar studying the subject should commit to any one way of researching, writing, and teaching.
The first edition of “A History of Graphic Design” was published in 1983. It was heralded for it balanced insights and the thoroughness of its content. The book shows how graphic design has been a vital component of each culture and period in human history, with sections on topics such as the invention of writing and alphabets, the origins of printing and typography, and postmodern design.
Available for the first time, in a variety of interactive formats, the graphic design bible, Meggs' A History of Graphic Design, now in its Fifth Edition, is a recipient of the First-Ever QED (Quality, Excellence, Design) award by ! In its debut edition in 1983, A History of Graphic Design received accolades from the Association of American Publishers as a publishing landmark that offered unrivaled coverage, balanced insight, and thorough historical background. Now in its Fifth Edition and still widely accepted as the most authoritative book covering graphic design, (John Wiley & Sons; $85.00; December 2011) offers even more detail and breadth of content than its heralded predecessors, revealing a saga of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies, and important developments responsible for paving the historic paths that define the graphic design experience. Bringing this classic into the modern age is a spectacular suite of digital products, including:
The Friends of the V&A scholarship is offered to a student applying from the UK or EU who intends to work in a museum after graduating from the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme. The Scholarship covers fees for the two years of the MA and also includes a maintenance grant of up to Â£3000 per year.