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Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals, advertisements and ephemera. Documenting, preserving and providing public access to these original materials will raise the profile of Graphic Design as a source of educational, historical and scholarly analysis for teachers, students, designers and independent researchers. [link]

This is one of those sites I’m hesitant to blog about because I’m afraid you all will go there and buy all the books before I can. Of course Display is more than just a store: their collection is a terrific source of inspiration and history. I’m really impressed with how thoughtfully put together the whole site is; extremely well curated. Seriously you must visit this site — I am having a terrible time picking images for this post because they are all amazing.

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John says:

September 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh dear, they have all been sold. But not to worry, I have several of them already.

And I agree, there is some wonderful stuff. Modernism and modernist design has no equal in my opinion and the ability to look at the great manipulators of form is a treat.

That said, my new undergrad students were asked to choose a piece of typography that they considered to be effective in comunicating an idea through typography. Not one student, out of 25, picked a single piece of modernist design. Most favoured the work of Sagmeister et al.

I’ll soon engage them in something special.

Thanks for the find :-)