A big box of design could be very handy. Phaidon certainly thinks so, as they have put together the The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Designarchive full of examples of graphic design dating back to the dawn of mechanical reproduction. “Five hundred graphic designs … are showcased in this archive—from the Gutenberg Bible and Nuremberg Chronicles of the fifteenth century, to the cutting edge magazines, posters and ephemera of today,” we are told.
If you are anything like us, creative blocks are best dissolved by flipping through examples of great work, and in that regard, this box could serve as a gigantic magic pill. Newspapers, magazines, adverts, typefaces, logos, and album the world-over are represented. You’ll have to wait until September this year to dig in, however. Pre-order from Amazon.