Heller-01-popup This Sunday I saw the face of modernism, and it was a real blast from the past.

I’ve been showing the images from the New York Time book review around the office and most of the designers say, yeah? And?

And…I show them the date this book was first published: 1847. Gasps ensue. The cover of this book about geometry is shockingly modern, a constructivist’s wet dream, Edward Tufte before he was a twinkle. Take a look at the inside pages, either at NY Times or on Amazon, where it is available for song! The diagrams look like sparklines. It’s kind of breathtaking.

So can we push back the beginning of the modern era, like, 50 years?