Tuesday, January 27, 2009

16th Century Design Portfolio

Before black vinyl folders, and way before the website, the Mediaeval ancestors of today’s graphic designers produced ‘model’ or ‘pattern’ books to show their work to potential clients. Only a handful survive but the British Library has recently discovered a prime example – the so-called Macclesfield Alphabet Book.

Produced c1500, the book is filled with designs for different styles of script, letters, initials and decorative borders. All are believed to have come from one workshop.


website design said...

wow! is this authentic? this is really nice!

David Booker said...

I does appear to be completely authentic and apparently common for the time.