127 Years of Design 1890-2017

The Michigan Daily

Subjects: Language Arts & Disciplines, Journalism, Design, History & Criticism
Imprint: Maize Books
Paperback : 9781607854302, 70 pages, 21 b&w and color illus., 7.5 x 9.25, October 2017
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127 Years of Design: The Michigan Daily reveals the visual history of the University of Michigan's student-run newspaper The Michigan Daily’s front page. It analyzes a front page from every decade since 1890, breaking down the evolution of one of the oldest student newspapers in the country. This publication culminates in a focus on today's newspaper design by Francesca Kielb, the recent Managing Design Editor at The Michigan Daily, who completed a total redesign of the paper in celebration of the 125 year history of the publication and of the Bicentennial of The University of Michigan. The book argues that it is essential for contemporary design to look both forward and backwards--to inform our future with our past. A result of nights spent digging through archives and sifting through newspapers,  this publication addresses how print has evolved with digitization and technological advancement.

Francesca Kielb was the 2016 Managing Design Editor for The Michigan Daily. As both a
designer and a writer, her interest in publication design stemmed from her desire to communicate compelling ideas, be they written or visual. She is now continuing to find ways to merge these modes of expression.