If you were an Art major at Virginia Commonwealth University in the 90's or just a design /typography nerd, then you are sure to know the name, Philip Meggs. Meggs taught History of Graphic Design at VCU but is probably best known for his book under the same name. While I was not an Art major, many of my friends were, and the stories and admiration of Meggs abounded. One story that sticks with me was of Meggs leaving his classroom to walk over to the dorm of one of his students to wake him up and walk him back to class. Most professors would have written off a student who was consistently late. Meggs, apparently, was not having that. If you don't want the embarrassment of your professor standing above your bed, waking you up, perhaps you should get to class on time.
In a beautiful tribute to her father, Elizabeth Meggs has published an article for Designers & Books, on what would have been Philip's 75th birthday. To quote Elizabeth, "I selected and wrote about 16 books from my parents’ library, including limited editions; books that embrace printing as an art form; books that bring to life the voices and visions of notable individuals from history; books that had strong personal meaning to my parents; and books that remain relevant today."
Whether you're an admirer of Philip Meggs' work, knew him personally, or just have an overall love of and interest in graphic design, you will not want to miss this read. It's an interesting collection and a lovely tribute to a man who truly lived and breathed design.