Meggs' History of Graphic Design 5th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 173 ratings
ISBN-13: 978-0470168738
ISBN-10: 0470168730
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell?
Due Date: Dec 15, 2020 Rental Details
  • FREE return shipping at the end of the semester.
  • Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with rentals.
In Stock. Rented from Amazon Warehouse , Fulfilled by Amazon
Fastest delivery: Aug 12 - 14
  • List Price: $95.00
  • Save:$78.78(83%)
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by RentU
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Fast shipping from Amazon! Qualifies for Prime Shipping and FREE standard shipping for orders over $35. Overnight, 2 day and International shipping available! Excellent Customer Service.. May not include supplements such as CD, access code or DVD.
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
33 Used from $16.61
FREE Shipping on your first order. Details


Black lives matter. Books to read right now.
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
    Apple
  • Android
    Android
  • Windows Phone
    Windows Phone
  • Click here to download from Amazon appstore
    Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

kcpAppSendButton

Special offers and product promotions

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Q&A with Author Alston W. Purvis

What’s new in this edition?
The fifth edition has additional coverage of the Middle East, Spain, Portugal, South America, and China as well as multi-media and motion graphics. Also, much in the last chapters is new, since graphic design history is changing almost daily. The last chapters are always the most difficult since we are living in the same period when things are happening.

What are the biggest differences between the last edition and this new edition?
In the last edition, I included many more images and improved the quality of others. Resulting from additional research and discoveries, I naturally made changes to the text, but I essentially maintained the same basic structure of the book. This process continued but far more extensively in the fifth edition.

How do you choose the designers who are in the book?
Designers were chosen for having made significant contributions to Graphic Design history. What distinguishes a master from his or her colleagues is both perplexing and difficult. Although every effort is made to avoid this, there will inevitably be the realization that an important figure was omitted. However, the accomplishments of significant individuals that have withstood the test of time will continue to inspire us.

With so much information to cover, do you find it difficult to revise this title?
Phil Meggs often said—and I agree—that one of the gratifying aspects of this book was being able to write the next edition, as you find things that you missed earlier and that each issue becomes more refined and richer in scope.

Do you receive a lot of feedback from readers?
I welcome and greatly value feedback in every stage of the writing and editing. The feedback I do receive usually involves a point of disagreement, such as having omitted a designer or point. But I welcome any positive or negative input from all sources. Comments from teachers are especially useful, as I find it important to learn how the book is used in classroom situations.

From the Inside Flap

The classic "bible" of graphic design history—now fully revised and updated!

This is the unrivaled, comprehensive, and award-winning reference tool on graphic design recognized for publishing excellence by the Association of American Publishers. Now, this Fifth Edition of Meggs' History of Graphic Design offers even more detail and breadth of content than its heralded predecessors, revealing a saga of creative innovators, breakthrough technologies, and important developments responsible for paving the historic paths that define the graphic design experience. In addition to classic topics such as the invention of writing and alphabets, the origins of printing and typography, and postmodern design, this new Fifth Edition presents new information on current trends and technologies sweeping the graphic design landscape—such as the web, multimedia, interactive design, and private presses, thus adding new layers of depth to an already rich resource.

With more than 1,400 high-quality images throughout—many new or newly updated—Meggs' History of Graphic Design, Fifth Edition provides a wealth of visual markers for inspiration and emulation. For professionals, students, and everyone who works with or loves the world of graphic design, this landmark text will quickly become an invaluable guide that they will turn to again and again.


Product details

Customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5
173 customer ratings
How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2013
Verified Purchase
18 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2016
Verified Purchase
5 people found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2018
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2015
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2013
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2013
Verified Purchase
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2014
Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
Comment Report abuse

Top international reviews

F sharman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
stef
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most comprehensive books about the history of Graphic Design
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 26, 2013
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Angie P
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Design History Textbook.
Reviewed in Canada on November 8, 2014
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
yce
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Reviewed in Canada on January 28, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Geoffroy Tremblay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on November 5, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars New with minor damage
Reviewed in Canada on February 11, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Anthony
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reviewed in Canada on November 16, 2015
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Mae
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on October 2, 2015
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to have gotten this book
Reviewed in Canada on December 22, 2015
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on June 30, 2017
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 9, 2015
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on March 1, 2016
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
amandanos
4.0 out of 5 stars As the course is Graphic Design I can but assume that it is very useful.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 2, 2014
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
bailey gauthier
3.0 out of 5 stars The content of book is pretty interesting, a little dry maybe
Reviewed in Canada on September 20, 2014
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Ava
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on September 21, 2014
Verified Purchase
Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Report abuse
Pages with related products. See and discover other items: drawing people and animals, colored pencil drawing, computer graphics, website design, Graphic Design Books