Chevron Left
Back to Ideas from the History of Graphic Design

Learner Reviews & Feedback for Ideas from the History of Graphic Design by California Institute of the Arts

4.7
stars
2,111 ratings
440 reviews

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

PD
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.

AD
Dec 4, 2016

Loved it and all the examples the teachers put into it, as well as the organization and evolution of themes. Big thank you to the teacher ladies. I learned a lot and enjoyed the lessons very much.

Filter by:

201 - 225 of 437 Reviews for Ideas from the History of Graphic Design

By Daniela S

Jul 22, 2020

Great Course! Would have loved a couple of more weeks of content.

By Anand V

Jun 27, 2018

The design created in past really create ideas for present trend

By David A V D S

Apr 25, 2018

Wow! that was a new experience for a designer like me. Good job!

By Aurangzeb H

Jul 18, 2020

Excellent course, lovely teachers and great platform... COUSERA

By Camille R

May 3, 2020

Harder than the previous ones but very interesting nonetheless!

By benjamin g

Mar 9, 2019

Great look into graphic design and how history affects design.

By Valentina C

Oct 6, 2016

Great course! Interesting & very well put together. Thank you!

By Jane E M

Mar 11, 2017

Eloquent and inspiring. You'll want to read more on your own.

By Deleted A

Aug 8, 2019

one of the most interesting courses I have ever took part!!

By MPEARSALL

Aug 11, 2021

Excellent material, resources, and instruction. Thank you.

By Smruti A P

Sep 29, 2020

Wonderful course! Learned a lot from the history of design

By 08_K.Harika

Jan 27, 2021

great insight on ideas from the history of graphic design

By Maike G

Oct 6, 2016

Really informative and interestingly conveyed. Thank you.

By Tatiana M

Jun 16, 2019

A very informative course with plenty of great examples.

By Ampol A

Dec 26, 2017

W1 - Completed

W2 - Completed

W3 - Completed

W4 - Completed

By Daniela P S

Apr 9, 2020

Muy interesante aprender un poco de historia del diseño

By Supriya R

Jan 2, 2020

Loved taking this course! Was explained extremely well.

By Andres F Z P

Jan 18, 2021

It is good to know where and how the basics were done.

By Angel D M G

Apr 3, 2020

Great, but some problems with low audio in some videos

By Maya R

May 20, 2019

Very nice overview over the history of graphic design!

By Joel S A

Sep 8, 2016

This course is superb! Thank you for offering it here.

By Peter S

Aug 7, 2016

Love the class a lot of great information and history.

By Vlada S

Aug 2, 2020

Great course! I enjoyed it so much, very interesting.

By TUĞBA A

Jul 30, 2020

Thank you for giving us another aspect of this field.

By Leora L

Dec 8, 2020

Very entertaining and educational, loved this course