The History of Graphic Design category is for sites pertaining to the notable people, processes and events of the past which have greatly impacted the profession and study of graphic design. This category may include sites that have examples, analysis, or descriptions of noteworthy printed designs, influential art movements, typography, multimedia, illustration, photography, advertising, commercial art, publishing, and related visual communications.
View condensed timelines spanning tens of thousands of years, from the first known visual communication to the computer age of today.
Browse, search and view more than 20,000 design pieces dated from 1924 to present, and appearing in the AIGA's annual juried design competitions. Includes special collections of major American design firms and practitioners.
Visit the home page of this pioneering woman who helped introduce the computer vernacular to design through experimental mergers of type and image.
Read a critical analysis of American advertising and design during the early 20th century. View samples.
Read an essay about the history behind the peace symbol, designed in 1958 by Gerald Holtom.
View an exhibition showcasing Futurism's innovative uses of typography from 1909-1944.
The Society promotes and supports the study of design history. Its activities include the publication of the Journal of Design History and newsletter, an annual conference, management of a discussion list, grants and prizes for research, and awards for events.
View the home page of Lincoln Cushing, Cuban poster artist, with his collections of oppositional visual art, political propaganda, and related writings.
View a compilation of popular logos and their design elements.
View personal image collections from a contributor. Sets of images range from American and Bauhaus to Russian Constructivist and Swiss International design.
A project of the Rochester Institute of Technology, the image archives focus on significant American graphic designers active from the 1920s to the 1950s. Selected contemporary designers working in the modernist traditions are also included.
View an international collection of travel brochures, airline and ocean liner time-tables, auto road maps, luggage labels, advertising and publications.
View examples and read background on graphic design milestones. Includes photos, videos, chronology and references.
View lectures and coursework based on Phillip Meggs' textbooks.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York presents the history and work of one of the leading Russian artists in the period following the Revolution of October 1917.
Text-based forum for design issues, local information, and reviews by the Design History Society in the United Kingdom.
View a collection of 1930s to 1950s Australian travel posters. Browse images by destination, symbol, style, or artist.
Review an online course given by Parkland College's Fine and Applied Arts Department in Champaign, Illinois.
Explore the graphic and illustrative work of Seymour Chwast, one of the founding members of the iconic Push Pin Studios in 1954, along with Milton Glaser and Edward Sorel.
Profile of book which is a compilation of Volkswagen's press, radio and television campaigns.
The obituary of this innovative designer, best known for the work he created with his New York design firm and his brief editorship of Colors magazine.
View major posters from the last century. Learn about their design, printing and historical impact on culture. Includes audio.
Read about the formation, success and eventual decline of the design firm founded by Ralph Eckerstrom, former design director for Container Corporation of America, and Massimo Vignelli.
Examine typographic specimens in book designs from the 15th to 20th centuries. From the Rare Book Collection of the Department of Special Collections.
Read about the history, literature and design characteristics of this anti-art cultural movement that grew from World War II to 1920.
Read about the life and works of this Russian avant-gardist who helped develop Suprematism and influenced architecture, literature, art, photography and design.
Read an account of early and modern graphic design history in this encyclopedia article. View sample images.
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