Twitter Facebook Vimeo

Book review: Graphic Design Visionaries

1 min, 32 sec read
12:30 PM | 24 July 2015
by Melisa Dagli
   •       •    Read later
Want your writing featured?

We take a look at Caroline Roberts new book, Graphic Design Visionaries (Laurence King, 2015), covering design leaders from the 19th century to present day. Saul Bass, Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli feature alongside other designers you might not have heard before.


Caroline Roberts new book contains a chronological story of 75 influential graphic designers, pictured alongside colourful visuals of their work that has shaped the field. Roberts introduces the book a ‘glimpse into the personalities behind the work, but, as with most creative people, its often impossible to separate the two.’ Starting with Piet Zwart in the 1880’s and ending with M/M Paris.


This book has a good balance of text beside beautiful design examples, sure to introduce you to new designers you may not have heard of before, whilst giving a deeper insight into more recognisable names. Not a taxing read but you still could easy spend a lot of time pouring over it's pages.


A fascinating book for both novices and expert designers. Or anyone really interested in ‘commercial art’, ‘graphic communication’, ‘visual communication’…as Roberts points out even graphic designers themselves appear to be suffering something of an identity crisis.


This book will cost you £24.95 (RRP), which considering it's size and the content is good value. But if you are studying, you can get a whopping 35% off if you sign up and buy it from Laurence King's website.


It's a fantastic source of inspiration and provides a useful timeline of ground breaking design work. With an insightful introduction by Roberts, she raises some interesting issues within the field but we’ll let you read that for yourself.

Looking for other books that focus on parts of the creative industries? See our other book reviews.

Please log in or sign up before participating in the conversation.

More stories

  1. When I’m A Dad

    Tom Anders, an ex advertising student from the University of Lincoln won himself a D&AD Black Pencil in 2015, thanks to his heart warming entry 'When I'm A Dad'.

  2. 5 tips to help you cope with finding a placement

    Matt Adams, an advertising student at Bournemouth University, shares his top tips for people looking for work placements.

  3. We Wish you a Merry Critmas

    #MerryCritmas: Save A Turkey, Roast a Creative. This Christmas professionals in the advertising industry are giving the gift of a portfolio crit to all those in needs.

  4. Top tips from creative industry masters

    We've collected some of wisest words from creative industry professionals. We asked them one question, 'What is the one thing young people should know before getting a job in the creative industries?'

  5. 9 TED Talks you should watch to build a strong career

    A roundup of the best TED Talks to help you build the best and strongest career possible.

  6. 6 suggestions for those graduating with a degree in music

    Isobel Leventhorpe, a music student at Royal Holloway, gives her advice to other students coming out of university with a degree in music.