Feature: Design history

 
James Mosley: A life in objects

James Mosley: A life in objects

Through his ideas, collecting and dogged research, the former St Bride librarian has shown that printing…

 
The first couple of American billboards

The first couple of American billboards

Otis and Dorothy Shepard, the ‘Scott and Zelda’ of mid-century advertising graphics, were neglected when…

 
Powered flight

Powered flight

For fifteen years, Pegasus, an international biannual corporate magazine designed by Derek Birdsall, led…

 
Bitworld

Bitworld

Digital archeologist Jim Boulton explores the creative history of computer technology

 
In the right place

In the right place

In this extract from his book, Gerald Cinamon explains how he brought integrated book design to Penguin…

 
Leftovers with a bad taste

Leftovers with a bad taste

In the past century the use of ‘trade characters’ built brand loyalty while reinforcing stereotypes

 
Tightly packed

Tightly packed

Owen Jones’s trademark design for biscuit tins has stayed the same for generations

 
Tony Brook on collecting

Tony Brook on collecting

Spin’s founder, the subject of Reputations in Eye 86, talks about his passion for poster collecting

 
Rub-down revolution

Rub-down revolution

A generation before home computers, Letraset’s dry transfer lettering made desktop typography possible –…

 
A tradition with breaks

A tradition with breaks

Stencil typefaces – late arrivals on the typographic scene – are going in new directions and…

 
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