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The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design

By Steven Heller and Greg D’Onofrio is the first comprehensive survey of the phenomenon that shaped our visual environment.

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Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals and ephemera. The collection is a source of original items for educational, historical and scholarly analysis.

SWB Ausstellung

SWB Ausstellung

1950, Hans Neuburg

Biosulfa Antibiotic

Biosulfa Antibiotic

December 1950, Lester Beall

PM Journal

PM Journal, Vol. VI, No. 2

Dec/Jan 1939–1940, Herbert Bayer

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Items in the Collection are grouped with specific attributes such as designer, time period, type and country. Viewing the Collection in groups brings similarities and differences into focus and provides a more in-depth look. Full page of keywords coming soon.

Read Features Articles

Writings on influential designers, graphic design history, noteworthy current events and expanded information on items from the Collection.

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design 1941–60

11 October 2015

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design 1941–60

An exhibition featuring Ladislav Sutnar's work for Sweet’s Catalog Service.

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive

22 November 2013

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive

A preeminent mid-century book designer whose legacy is a significant contribution to the field of graphic design.

Collecting History, Collecting Design

16 September 2013

Collecting History, Collecting Design

An Exhibition of Selections from Display

Sept 9–Nov 25, 2013
Pratt GradComD Gallery

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Important, carefully selected and rare graphic design books, periodicals and ephemera for sale.


A current selection of historical graphic design, art and photography exhibitions from around the world.

April 05 – June 19, 2016

The Posters of Ikko Tanaka

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

April 30 – September 4, 2016

Willem Sandberg from type to image

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex

March 11 – July 4, 2016

The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography and Film

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville