Graphic Design Theory


A vital textbook for students that explores the complex theories underpinning contemporary graphic design

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Meredith Davis


This is the first comprehensive introduction to the theory of graphic design. The author’s many years’ experience teaching graphic design students enable her to explain complex theories with total clarity. Topics include: communication models; visual representation as a system of signs; cognitive approaches to design; modernism and post-modernism; and the social, cultural and material contexts of contemporary design.

The book encourages students to evaluate design work critically, and to use theoretical frameworks to enhance their studio practice in order to improve their work and embark on a successful career.

Lucid, absorbing and elegantly written, this is an essential text for all students of graphic design theory but will also be important reading for anyone investigating ideas about audience, context and history as part of their graphic design work.

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Weight 1044 g
Dimensions 21.1 x 26.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2012
Number of pages 256
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 21.1 x 26.9 cm
Weight 1044 g


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Meredith Davis is Professor of Graphic Design, North Carolina State University. She is a former president of the American Center for Design and the founding president of the Graphic Design Education Association.