Books are never just books. They can be catalogues, toys, models, play centres, showcases for bindings, gatefolds, special papers and card and portfolios of design. Some of them might even be worth reading.
The Táin demonstrates how design can contribute to a nation’s sense of itself
Graphic design heroes might be, as Martha Scotford noted, Western white men, but they’re a particular kind of Western, white, man: there are few Finns, Greeks or Irish in the canon. As a 1992 article in Graphis asked: ‘Where are the Paul O’Rands, the Milton McGlasers?’