We agree with Michael Bierut, a serious reader and judge of graphic design books. He made this comment yesterday on the Instagram feed of Adrian Shaughnessy (another serious reader and judge of graphic design books). Earlier, in November 2019, Bierut had praised this book in a Design Observer podcast, rightly pointing to its special flavour as both design scholarship and design journalism. ‘It is just enthralling’, he said. In the podcast, Bierut tells how he found the book by personal recommendation – which is how so many books are sold and bought.
Christopher Wilson’s Richard Hollis designs for the Whitechapel has suffered particularly from the lack of any North American distribution, and as well from its context of being published as Hyphen Press began to wind down its activities. But, one of the best books on graphic design ever is still in print, here.