Produced for the Ephemera Society of America.
Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers, Presented by David Jury for the Ephemera Society of America, 3/2013
While some pioneers of printing focused on books, others used their presses for more 'humble' commissions such as handbills, labels, and stationery. These jobbing printers recognized that such work played a vital role in society and sought to secure a more appropriate and higher status. They even dared to believe it might be art. Until, that is, the professional designer decided to "spoil their fun." David Jury is head of MA Art, Design, and the Book at Colchester Institute, UK. He designs, prints and publishes his own limited edition books as proprietor of the Fox Ash Press as well as writing and designing books for mainstream publishers, including Letterpress: The Allure of the Hand Made. His new book, published by Thames and Hudson in 2012, is Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers.