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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....

Top reviews


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 Nazmul H L

Aug 2, 2022

Great and helpful coures.

By George I

May 3, 2022

A​ wealth of knowledge!!!

By Austin B

Aug 24, 2019

Broadened my vision of GD

By Nataliia S

Feb 22, 2021

It was very interesting!

By Eunice M

Jun 17, 2020

Un curso muy interesante

By Estefanía

Oct 14, 2017

Me sirvió mucho, gracias

By Yulia M

Jul 29, 2018

Very interesting course

By Deleted A

Jul 14, 2017

really love this class!

By Julien M

Jan 30, 2017

Great stuff. Thank you!

By Sahana. J

Jun 24, 2020

great going and useful

By Smith B

Aug 31, 2020

Very good assignment.

By Adele

Sep 18, 2017


By Худабашян В М

Apr 20, 2021

Such a great course!

By Gabriella R

Nov 6, 2017

My favourite course!

By Mahika M

Jul 10, 2020

Fascinating course.

By Yani V

Jul 18, 2017

i love you calarts.

By barry m

Oct 12, 2020

thoroughly enjoyed

By camilo a f

Oct 5, 2020

Excelente Material


Apr 1, 2019

Great information.

By Stella S

Jan 16, 2018

Super interesting!

By 黄楚风

Sep 1, 2016

Inspires me a lot.

By Diana S C F

Nov 17, 2021

l​ove this course

By Teresa S

May 28, 2021

Excellent course!

By Solomia P

May 28, 2020

Very informative!

By Leonora P

Apr 10, 2020

Excellent course.