8 Must-Read Books on the History of Design

20thCDesignDesign has shaped our history and our culture; take a deeper look at the past and how it is shaping our future in these eight gorgeous books.

Looking to add to your professional book collection? Here’s a fantastic place to start.

“Theodore Roosevelt once famously said, ‘The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future,’” writes Jessica Farris in PrintMag.

“This concept certainly applies to graphic design, a field in which innovators have shaped the appearance of our world. Design history traces the lines of our culture, from the media we consume to the products and brands we see every day—even the technology we use to create new design work, “ she continues.

To help us better understand the past, and more clearly design the future, Farris offers her pick for the most captivating books on the history of design.

From Katie Greenwood’s “100 Years of Color” to “Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl” by John Bertram and Yuri Leving, the list offers variety, depth and some unexpected choices.  Farriss’ picks cover the gamut of 20th Century design, including illustration, pop art and even film design.

Consider this your definitive list of must-haves for the well-read designer, and enjoy the browse.