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History of Graphic Design through Publications: PRINT MAGAZINE

Print: A Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts (1940s to the present)

Location: Magazine Stacks (new issues are alphabetically arranged on magazine shelves. Older issues are in the Annex.)
The Otis Library run goes back to the early 1940s. By simply browsing the volumes, you can become familiar with primary source material. You can easily discover the interests and aesthetics of graphic design and how it changed throughout the 20th Century.


From Wikipedia:

Print: A Quarterly Journal of the Graphic Arts was a limited edition quarterly periodical begun in 1940 and continued under different names up to the present day as Print, a bimonthly American magazine about visual culture and design.

In its current format, Print documents and critiques commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle: the good (how New York’s public-school libraries are being reinvented through bold graphics), the bad (how Tylenol flubbed its disastrous ad campaign for suspicious hipsters, and the ugly (how Russia relies on Soviet symbolism to promote sausage and real estate).


Print Online
 

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1950s. Cover design by Ben Shahn


Volume 1, Number 1. Cover by Howard Trafton.

Sulgrave Text, Antique Laid
Ad insert.

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