Graphic Design History

GDT-101

Monday & Wednesday
10:00am – 11:25pm
GM 013

Monday & Wednesday
1:00pm – 2:25pm
GM 020

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Class Sessions

August 26 & 28 ¹September 4 ²September 9 & 11 ³September 16 & 18 ⁴September 23 & 25 ⁵  September 30 & October 2 ⁶  October 7 & 9 ⁷  October 14 & 16 ⁸  October 21 & 23 ⁹  October 28 & 30 ¹⁰  November 4 & 6 ¹¹  November 11 & 13 ¹²  November 18 & 20 ¹³  November 25 ¹⁴  December 2 & 4 ¹⁵  December 9 & 11 ¹⁶

Lectures

Why Study History? ¹Defining “Graphic Design” ²Language and Writing ³Early Alphabets ⁴New Forms of Writing ⁵The Arrival of Printing ⁶  Mechanical Reproduction ⁷  The Arts & Crafts Movement ⁸  Art Nouveau ⁹  New Objectivity ¹⁰  Futurism ¹¹  Dada ¹²  Constructivism ¹³  De Stijl ¹⁴  The Bauhaus ¹⁵  American Modernism ¹⁶  Swiss International ¹⁷  Postmodernism ¹⁸  The Digital Era ¹⁹  The Current Landscape ²⁰ 

Projects

Image Discussion ¹Book Review ²  Library Research ³  UMMA Study Cases ⁴  Image Curation ⁵ 
 

Schedule

Week

Monday

Wednesday


I

August 26

Introduction

Instructor Introduction
About this course
Policies, Syllabus, Schedule

Lecture No. 1

Why Study History?

For next class

Introduction Survey

August 28

Follow-up

Introduction Survey
Semester Points

Lecture No. 2

Defining “Graphic Design”
Two-Minute Essay

Project No. 1

Image Discussion
‣ Assigned


II

September 2

No Class

Labor Day

🥳

September 4

Follow-up

Roster photos
Two-minute essays
Class Blog
Submission via email

Project No. 1

Image Discussion
‣ Due


III

September 9

Follow-up

Class Blog
Late submissions
Bad attachments

Lecture No. 3

Language and Writing
Two-Minute Essay


IV

September 16

Project No. 2

Book Review
‣ Assigned
‣ Library Visit

September 18

Follow-up

Book Review
Grade calculation

Lecture No. 5

New Forms of Writing
Two-Minute Essay

Project No. 2

Book Review
‣ Library Visit


V

September 23

Follow-up

Give Kevin his pen
Book Review
Grade calculation

Lecture No. 6

The Arrival of Printing
Two-Minute Essay

September 25

Lecture No. 7

Mechanical Reproduction
Two-Minute Essay

Assignment No. 2

Book Review
Check-in


VI

September 30

Lecture No. 8

The Arts & Crafts Movement
Two-Minute Essay

October 2

Project No. 2

Book Review
‣ Due (beginning of class)
‣ Group discussion


VII

October 7

Lecture No. 9

Art Nouveau
Two-Minute Essay

October 9

Lecture No. 10

New Objectivity
Two-Minute Essay


VIII

October 14

Lecture No. 11

Futurism
Two-Minute Essay

October 16

Lecture No. 12

Dada
Two-Minute Essay


IX

October 21

Lecture No. 13

Constructivism
Two-Minute Essay

October 23

Lecture No. 14

De Stijl
Two-Minute Essay


X

October 28

Lecture No. 15 (part 1)

The Bauhaus
Part One

October 30

Lecture No. 15 (part 2)

The Bauhaus
Part Two
Two-Minute Essay


XI

November 4

Lecture No. 16

American Modernism
‣ Two-Minute Essay

November 6

Lecture No. 17

Swiss International
Part One


XII

November 11

Lecture No. 17

Swiss International
Part Two
Two-Minute Essay

November 13

Project No. 4

Library Research Project
‣ Assigned


XIII

November 18

Offsite Meeting
Instructor: Matt Lang

Library Research Tutorial
Room GM 118

Instructor Absence

Research Trip
Bauhaus Centennial

🇩🇪

November 20

Movie Screening
Instructor: Matt Lang

The Visual Language of Herbert Matter
Documentary (1h 26m)
2011

Instructor Absence

Research Trip
Bauhaus Centennial

🇩🇪


XIV

November 25

Offsite Meeting
Instructor: Matt Lang

University of Michigan
Museum of Art (UMMA)
Object Viewing Session
Room 100

Instructor Absence

Bauhaus Centennial
Research Trip

🇩🇪

November 27

No Class

Thanksgiving Break

🦃


XV

December 2

Lecture No. 18

Postmodernism
Two-Minute Essay

December 4

Lecture No. 19

The Digital Era
Two-Minute Essay


XVI

December 9

Lecture No. 20

The Current Landscape
Two-Minute Essay

December 11

TBD

 

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— William Morris