A few years ago I spent some time writing some short pieces on the history and significance of a series of classic pieces of graphic design for a compendium to be published by Phaidon.
The publication got delayed and I was sorry not to see this work in print. I have just heard however that the work is due for publication in September 2012! The Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design will not be a book, but an archive box containing 500 loose cards. My contributions include Byrne’s The Elements of Euclid (1847), the pie chart, the typeface design Chicago (1984), Sutnar’s Catalogue Design Progress (1950), and more. The wide variety of pieces included in the volume aims to reflect the breadth of classic and exemplary design objects produced since the age of mechanical reproduction. This is a tall order; I look forward to seeing the final product.