A survey of visual communication from the earliest written language through contemporary graphic design. Emphasis will be placed on the developments in graphic design from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Modern graphic design in mass communication will be examined in relation to the broader cultural, social, and technological contexts in which they were created. The Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, de Stijl and Constructivism, Art Deco, and Post-Modernism will be covered. Comparative study of graphic design in relation to the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement in the rapidly changing social and technological landscape of the twentieth century will be examined.
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