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Philip Meggs studied at Virginia Commonwealth University. He got a Master of Fine Art.
(More than a thousand vivid illustrations chronicle our fa...)
More than a thousand vivid illustrations chronicle our fascinating and unceasing quest to give visual form to ideas.
(In this lively and lavishly illustrated book, the author ...)
In this lively and lavishly illustrated book, the author reveals the very essence of graphic design. The elements that combine to form a design, signs, symbols, words, pictures, and supporting forms, are analyzed and explained. Graphic design's ability to function as language, and the innovative ways that designers combine words and pictures, are discussed.
(New case studies showcase design for Web sites, compact d...)
New case studies showcase design for Web sites, compact disks, and environmental graphics in addition to the existing case studies which detail examples of visual identification systems, book and magazine design, film and video text, and wayfinding graphics, along with outlines for analysis and solutions.
Philip Meggs was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a Master of Fine Art in 1971.
Philip Meggs began his career as a graphics designer at Reynolds Metals in 1965, and, from 1966 to 1968, he was an art director for American Home Products Robins Pharmaceuticals (now Wyeth). When he took a position as an instructor at his alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University, in 1968, Meggs discovered that his students did not understand the history of typography and book design. He, therefore, created a course that covered everything from the invention of the printing press up to the computer age.
Philip Meggs wrote the first book in the United States to cover the full history of the graphic arts, which was called A History of Graphic Design. The research materials and syllabuses he developed became the core of his book, and it has since become required reading in graphics design courses in the United States. Meggs remained at Virginia Commonwealth University for the rest of his career, becoming a professor of communications and arts and design in 1983. He was also dean of the department from 1974 to 1987.
In addition to his influential history, Philip Meggs wrote and edited several other books about printing and graphics design, including cowriting Typographic Design: Form and Communication and coediting Texts on Type: Critical Writings on Typography. He was also a regular contributor to Print magazine. Beginning in 1993, Meggs lent his experience to the United States Postal Service's citizen stamp advisory committee, and his name was in the news for his criticism of the redesign of the United States currency. He believed that the designs were timid and dated.
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(The book was published after Philip Meggs's death in 2002.)2011
When Philip Meggs joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968, he found that his layout and typography students lacked a fundamental knowledge of graphic design's past and its relationship to art, architecture, industrial design, and popular culture. He believed that a student's ability to practice graphic design as more than a commercial service or craft would be limited by ignorance of historical context. He eventually developed the first academic curriculum to start with the invention of the printing press and movable type, continue through the modern era and conclude with the influence of the computer.
Quotes from others about the person
Paula Scher: ''He was the first person I ever heard talk about design history in a way that seamlessly, warmly and elegantly connected past and present. He made me feel like I was part of a movement of my time, not an irrelevant practitioner grinding out trivial works for yet another bureaucratic corporation.''
Philip Meggs married Libby Phillips Meggs in 1964. They had two children: Andrew and Elizabeth.