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About the Course

This condensed survey course focuses on four key periods or themes from the history of design in the West. Together we’ll trace the emergence of design as a recognized practice, why things look the way they do, and how designers approached specific design problems in their work. Students will develop an understanding of where the wide variety of today’s design practice comes from. By participating in this survey of the works of innovative groups and individuals, we outline the process by which graphic design moved from a purely instrumental practice, to becoming a demanding creative and hybridized field. Each week, a short quiz will test your knowledge of concepts, and a short reflective assignment will give you the opportunity to analyze the questions designers ask themselves today. This is an essential course for emerging designers entering the field, or for students interested in learning more about visual culture and analysis. No previous experience is required. A note about this course: This course is taught from the perspective of contemporary design, to connect ideas that helped formulate design practice from the 1850s through the 1960s to the ways that designers think today. The relationship of words and pictures in graphic design is looked at through the ever-changing social and cultural contexts, technologies, aesthetics, and politics of their eras. The definition and practice of graphic design includes all public visual communications, which is a global practice. It was the evolution of mass production and communication in the West that specifically redefined graphic design as a professional practice and is this course’s particular narrative. We hope students will consider how to connect the themes and ideas offered in this course to your own culture....

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Nov 26, 2016

Its been a great course, many info and points that are fantastic in the learning or adding new knowledge always. I will always recommend this course for those who want to know more and learn design.


Mar 21, 2022

I was a little bit nervous about this course, I always hated History in school, but surprisingly this was very good! I enjoyed it! The assignments were easy to understand and managebale to complete.

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By Demion C

Apr 22, 2020

wonderful class! thank you so much.

By Israel T

Oct 5, 2016

I definitely recommend this course!

By Irene A S A

May 18, 2020

Very educational and enlightening.

By jose m m

Apr 26, 2020

Muy bueno , altamente recomendable

By drewmunro

Mar 19, 2017

An excellent intro to the subject.

By Monali K

Jul 30, 2020

Nice course and wonderful trainer

By Annabel M

Jul 9, 2020

Incredible course. So interesting

By maria K

Oct 21, 2017

i love history of graphic design!

By Utku K

Aug 16, 2016

Very nice and illuminating course

By Ella H

Jun 7, 2020

Enjoyable course! Learned lots.

By Aadit S

Mar 15, 2017

amazing course great teachers !

By hari

Nov 7, 2016

Great course!! very insightful!

By Leticia C R

Jul 17, 2016

Good information given. Thanks.

By Luca B

Oct 20, 2020

Really interesting and helpful

By Yunus Ç

Aug 2, 2020

Wonderful course, thx for all.

By Paloma D D S

Jul 25, 2020

Thank you for the opportunity!

By Fatima H S E I S

Mar 13, 2019

Perfect course and very useful

By Maria J B V

Sep 11, 2017

Excellent course, I like it :)

By Julia K

Jan 29, 2017

Thanks for intresting courses!

By Nicoleta P

Jan 28, 2017

Very informative and helpful.

By Sharmishtha T S

Jul 20, 2020

Thanks it was perfect course

By Egle H

Dec 3, 2019

Great course, learned a lot.

By Hayden P

Jun 1, 2017

Great Intro, thanks so much

By Shivali M M

Jul 4, 2020

very ineresting and useful

By Claveau

Jan 18, 2017

I learn a lot, thank you !