On design history

“Graphic design is never just there. Graphic artifacts always serve a purpose and contain an agenda, no matter how neutral or natural they appear to be. Someone is addressing someone else, for some reason, through every object of designed communication. The graphic forms of design are expressions of the forces that shape our lives. We need a critical history of graphic design.”

— Johanna Drucker & Emily McVarish, Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide