Inspiration from history
I have been very influenced by Meggs’ History of Graphic Design. It is very well written and includes a comprehensive history from the invention of writing through to the present. I was lucky to read it early in the start of my graphic design degree. Though it is good to read at any time I think it is important to know the history before getting too far into your own work. I learned about the creation of alphabets and writing tools, many printing processes. history of fonts, history of poster design and so much more. The book is nicknamed the “graphic design bible.” Even though sometimes I would like the digital version to quickly look things up I appreciate the hard cover print version.
I loved the illuminated manuscripts chapter. “Illuminated manuscript-handwritten book that has been decorated with gold or silver, brilliant colours, or elaborate designs or miniature pictures. Though various Islamic societies also practiced this art, Europe had the longest and probably the most highly developed tradition of illuminating manuscripts.” – Britannica.com
I also enjoyed Art Nouveau. “Art Nouveau was a movement in the visual arts popular from the early 1890s up to the First World War. It is viewed by some as the first self-conscious attempt to create a modern style. Its influence can be found in painting, sculpture, jewellery, metalwork, glass and ceramics. The drawings of Aubrey Beardsley, the architecture of Victor Horta and Paul Hankar and the poster designs of Alphonse Mucha are some of the most familiar examples of the Art Nouveau style.” – Victoria and Albert Museum
I love Saul Bass. He did really great movie titles which is something I would like to do. He also did clever film and non-film posters.
These printer’s marks were very early logos.