It was while reviewing books for the Times Literary Supplement in London that he felt the need to have a comprehensive history of graphic design that also served as a introduction to the subject. The result is his new book: The Story of Graphic Design: From the Invention of Writing to the Birth of Digital Design.
For the Guardian he named a top ten list of graphic design books.
One title on the list:
Notes on Book Design by Derek BirdsallRead about another book on the list.
Though presented as a practical guide for designing books – how to lay out text and pictures or how to design a cover – this book is much more than that. It is written and designed by one of Britain's most accomplished book designers and then illustrated with some of the best examples of his work. Because the book practises what it preaches, it is as good to look at as to read; the union of form and content could hardly be bettered. Each spread could be taken and hung in a gallery and appreciated as a work of art.