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A collection of the world's most memorable, provocative, best-selling and groundbreaking posters from Johannes Gutenberg to Barack Obama.
This collection charts the history of poster design, from the time when paper was first affordable in the 18th century, through developments in print technology, to the more subtle visual communication of the 21st century. Along the way, it showcases the most impactful designs of the last 300 years. It tells the story of how the artform took off in the late 19th century with the introduction of litho printing and the influence of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha. There are posters for events, auctions, public meetings, political rallies, sports games, lectures, and theatrical performances. Some convey political messages, such as the iconic Keep Calm and Carry On poster produced at the dawn of the Second World War. Others advertise the latest must-see movies, including classic designs for ET and Jaws.
About the Author
Colin Salter is based in Edinburgh and is the author of 100 Letters That Changed the World, 100 Speeches That Roused the World, 100 Children's Books That Inspire Our World and the co-author with Scott Christianson of 100 Books That Changed the World.
"Be they COVID-related, in response to police brutality or on numerous issues of critical importance in between, 2020 has been a historic year of poignant posters. So now is as good a time as ever to look back on hallmarks of the history of the form with 100 Posters That Changed the World." — PRINT
"Slater’s book charts the history of the poster and showcases the most impactful designs of the last 300 years...Posters are both works of art and printed artifacts that memorialize the past." —PROVOKR.COM
"It’s interesting and informative, and when it comes to graphic design inspo, it really doesn’t get much better than this handy hardcover." —TYPO-GRAPHICAL.COM