Writings About Graphic Design / Richard Hollis


From the man who brought you the layout of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing comes a comprehensive selection of writings covering over 40 years of reflection on graphic design history, from interviews, essays, letters and articles to lectures and course outlines. Densely illustrated with over 500 thumbnail images, Writings About Graphic Design charts the insatiable curiosity and methodological rigor of this renowned graphic designer, graphic design theorist, and historian. This book is a testament to the importance of the role of the graphic designer—who ensures the legibility of our urban spaces—and to the value of historical precedent for contemporary graphic design.

Topics include: a history of graphic design, from Soviet revolutionary posters and designers in Nazi Germany to Penguin book covers; New 'New' Typography; Max Bill; and Nicolete Gray. Various texts on Robin Fior, Theo Ballmer, Uwe Loesch and Pierre Faucheux, among many others, add depth to this researched story of graphic design.

Designed by Richard Hollis with Pedro Cid Proença

Published by Occasional Papers
Second printing, 2017

296 pages, paperback, 500+ black and white illustrations, 6.5 × 9.5 inches

ISBN 978-09-5696-231-7