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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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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.


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.

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By Oleksandra S

Jun 21, 2019

Very good course!

By Khushbu J

Nov 9, 2016

Very Informative!

By مريم ف ع ا ع ا

Jan 7, 2021

love this course

By Голик Д Р

Jul 16, 2020

Amazing course !

By Radeeyah Z K

Jul 7, 2020

Very informative

By Manash G

Jan 19, 2017

very informative

By Ruth D R

Oct 17, 2021


By Krishna M C G

Feb 9, 2021

I learned a lot

By Esa G

Apr 7, 2020

Engrandecedor !

By Eularia S

May 21, 2019

Amazing course.

By Brenda D V S

Oct 18, 2018

exellente curso

By Eman M S

Dec 23, 2017

it's very greet

By Ravalnath B

May 16, 2020

Best course 👌

By Guthrie A

May 13, 2019

Great course!

By 魏清君

Nov 11, 2016

Great Course!

By Julia K

Oct 27, 2016

Great course!

By Sandy G

Jun 11, 2020

Great class!

By Alvin B

May 4, 2020

Great class

By Stefan

Nov 19, 2017

great course


Nov 11, 2017

it was great

By Sofia M R P

Jun 21, 2022


By Carlos M T C

Nov 18, 2021

Good course

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Nov 14, 2021


By Enas M A M

Mar 17, 2021

i like it

By Mahesh N

Nov 1, 2020