design history


Design history is the study of objects of design in their historical and stylistic contexts.

Books 20

A monograph on the lettering artist Helmut Salden (1910–96), exploring his original sketches and working drawings.
Richly illustrated book on the body of work of the Dutch type designer Gerard Unger.
A 1993 facsimile of the famous type specimen from 1768 by the Enschedé type foundry with a separate English-language book with descriptions.
The first, and until now the only, book exploring in-depth Tibetan type and typography. This book presents research regarding the origin, development, and typographical function of letter types in Tibetan writing, from their beginnings in 1738 to the present.
Three volume research and dialogues about typography in China, including its history and development, conventions and contemporary practice.

Articles 58

The story of Devanagari type from early print to the digital age, as Indian print culture both sparked and responded to intense socio-political change and constant technological innovation.
Essays · 21 March 2022 · English · 12695 words
From the single-style, monolingual fonts of the metal-type era to the complex, sprawling, multi-script families of the digital present, typography and type design have evolved, not only to embrace developments in print and communication technology, but also to support a world where unity and diversity must meet if we are to survive.
Essays · 2 October 2017 · English · 1302 words
Two years after releasing History, Peter Bilak reflects on the process of creating this skeletal system in which different styles are imposed on a Roman capital base. Previous experiments are mentioned, as well as inspiration sources for the typeface.
Typeface stories · 9 March 2010 · English · 1792 words
Dieser Artikel basiert zum Teil auf meiner Forschung für die Ausstellung über das tschechische und slowakische Schriftdesign mit Schwerpunkt auf der Entwicklung der Typografie in den letzten zwanzig Jahren, die ich zusammen mit Alan Záruba 2004-2006 kuratierte. Die Ausstellung mit dem Titel 'Experiment And Typography' wurde erstmals 2004 an der International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno gezeigt und zog später weiter nach Prag, Den Haag, Bratislava, Cieszyn, Ljubljana, Warschau und Budapest.
Essays · 28 November 2006 · German · 3875 words
This article is partly based on the research for the exhibition on Czech and Slovak typeface design that we co-curated with Alan Záruba in 2004-2006 focusing on the last twenty years of typography development. The exhibition entitled 'Experiment And Typography' was first presented at the Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno in 2004 and later travelled to Prague, The Hague, Bratislava, Cieszyn, Ljubljana, Warsaw and Budapest.
Essays · 3 October 2006 · English · 3891 words

Authors 10

Karthik Malli is an independent researcher and writer based in Bangalore, India. His work, based in linguistics and history, focuses on the intersecti...
Graphic designer and writer. She graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Design, in Ljubljana and has worked as a consultant for a div...
Prague based curator, and writer. In 2003 she has organized a restrospective exhibition of Ladislav Sutnar that has travelled to Zurich and Rotterdam....
Author and book historian; works as a curator at the Special Collections department of the Amsterdam University Library. Mathieu regularly publishes o...
Art director of the New York Times Book Review and founder and co-chair of the School of Visual Arts, New York MFA/Design Program. He is the former ed...