One of the primary reasons for studying graphic design history is to acquire the context necessary to form one’s own opinions about graphic design and to contribute to the current design discourse.
For the past four weeks, we have been surveying the history of design in order to contextualize our trip within this discourse. So far, we’ve covered quite a bit. Starting with cave paintings and early printing, then on to stylistic movements such as Victorian era design, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Plakistil and the Bauhaus. At each stage we look at various developments in design and how those developments were influenced by the social and cultural context of the time.