I have very little rules for this blog, but one I try and stick to is 'never just link to stuff'. I hate it when people go, "Oohhh this is cool look at this!" That's lazy and it's what delicious is for.
Anyway, I'll break that rule now.
Mike Dempsey has written up a talk he gave to he RSA in 2005. It's about all sorts of interesting things but essentially it's an overview of graphic design from Caveman to Spray Can. Sort of, it mainly talks about RDI's, obviously.
It's very hard to find a coherent concise history of graphic design. Especially one that covers more than just the Sixties onwards.
You should read it.
If you're a graphic design student, you must read it.
From Caveman to Spray Can.