About this course
This course presents the history of graphic design from Prehistory to our modern era, focusing primarily on European and American major design movements and pioneering graphic designers and artists.
Lectures refer to the relationship of the fine arts to the commercial arts, examine many different technological innovations and their effects on graphic style, and briefly touch on the social and political climates that defined each era.
Recognize and describe characteristics of primarily European and American graphic design movements from 1850 to the present.
Recognize and describe primarily European and American social, cultural and political environments from Gutenberg’s era forward, and their influences on later design, art and architecture.
Recognize and identify graphic design tools, techniques and processes from Gutenberg’s era to the present.
Identify and analyze the influences of historic movements and leaders in art/graphic design (mid-20th century to the present).
Please refer to individual project pages for specific submission requirements.
Assignments span a variety of purposes and forms, and therefore require specialized delivery methods to the instructor.
Submissions will be completed in a combination of the following.
- Google Docs
- Blog Submissions
- WCC Email
Students will be evaluated and graded on the following items.
Attendance and Participation
30 points total
1 point per class session
17 Two-Minute Essays
34 points total
2 points per essay
36 points total
9 points per assignment
This is a brief outline of the instructional units which will comprise the bulk of this course.
- Pre-historic Communication
40,000 BC – 2,000 BC
- Early Alphabets
2,000 BC – 800 CE
- Manuscript Books
800 – 1400
- Printed Books
1400 – 1800
- The Victorian Era
1800 – 1850
- Early Modernism
1850 – 1910
- European Avant Garde
- High Modernism
1940 – 1960
- Swiss Design
- Post Modernism
1975 – 1990
- The Digital Era
1990 – Present
- Our Modern Era
Title: Meggs' History of Graphic Design
Author: Phillip Meggs
Computers and mobile devices are not permitted during class time.
Laptops and mobile devices are distracting to other students, the instructor, and especially to the actual device-user, and therefore not allowed during class time.
Students are asked to participate in the lectures by staying alert, asking questions and contributing when appropriate.
It's well known that multi-tasking is a myth.
Food & Beverages
This course is not taught in a computer lab and therefore has a much more relaxed food and beverage policy.
Food and drinks in a variety of containers and carriers are permitted and even encouraged. Make yourself at home.