Join Sean Adams for an in-depth discussion in this video Protest, part of Foundations of Graphic Design History.
- Political activism has been…a part of graphic design for centuries.…We use images or symbols and words…to convey our point of view.…This is a constant in our profession.…Benjamin Franklin did it with his printing press,…hippies did it in the 1960s, and we do it today.…In order to understand the 1960s,…we need to go back to World War II.…During the war, women and minorities…experienced new freedoms.…Women were told they were strong enough…to be in the workplace, building ships and airplanes,…and everyone was called on to do his or her part,…regardless of race, religion, or gender.…
After the war, this changed.…Millions of troops were demobilized…and absorbed back into the economy.…This meant that everyone else was told…to go back to the old ways.…Women belonged in the home,…racial minorities were segregated,…and anyone thinking differently was disenfranchised.…But you can't put people back in a box.…By the mid 1960s, society exploded.…Graphic designers used their skills…to communicate issues around civil rights,…
Beginning in the Victorian age, Sean explores the need for design in Industrial age advertising, the use of graphic design as propaganda during the two world wars, and the rise of the massively influential Bauhaus school. He sheds light on the development of poster, film-title, magazine, and album-cover design; the changing relationship between design and typography; and graphic design's role in various art movements, ranging from Art Nouveau to new wave. Get started with Foundations of Graphic Design History and discover the power of imagery.
- Why study graphic design history?
- Art Nouveau
- The Arts and Crafts movement
- The Soviet Revolution
- European avante-garde
- New Typography
- The great age of posters
- American modernism
- Post-war optimism
- The rise of the corporate identity
- Exploring the fused metaphor and the "big idea"
- Reviewing Swiss typography
- The West Coast shift
Skill Level Beginner
Foundations of Layout and Compositionwith Sean Adams1h 35m Beginner
Type Project: Bauhaus Book Coverwith Nigel French33m 31s Intermediate
Where next?2m 19s
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