So graphic design is something that has existed since humans have pretty much been around. Desiring new ways of communication we can first see design take shape in alphabets. From petroglyphs to the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs words and pictures were combined to create illustrated manuscripts. Calligraphy emerged with the first typefaces, this of course would lead to the creation of typography.

After the creation of Johannes Gutenbergs printing press early logo design emerged in the renaissance as well as many new typefaces, some of which are still used today. During the industrial revolution George Eastman created the first Kodak camera allowing the public to record their lives. Around this time the worlds first printed magazine, dedicated solely to the visual arts, emerged. Printed by the Century Guild of Artists and entitled The Hobby Horse.

From this Art Nouveau began, characterized by linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms. Its masters included Aubrey Beardsley and Alphonse Mucha, to name two.

Graphic Design really exploded during the early modernist period giving way to many new forms and different methods of expression. Posters became a much more important tool of communication, as seen in World War One era illustrations governments began using these as a means of propaganda.

The expansion of the magazine industry helped move humanity into the information age. With the Push Pin Graphic artists were able to further experiment with forms and ideas. Around this time posters became a much more important tool for highlighting social activism.

Finally over the last thirty years, post-modern to contemporary artists have been able to explore design in increasingly changing ways thanks to the creation and popularization of the personal computer.

I thought garnering some insight into graphic designs history would help, even slightly with this project. It was interesting to say the least.

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