History of Graphic Design



Shigeo Fukuda (1932-2009) 'Victory 1945', poster

Shigeo Fukuda (1932-2009)
‘Victory 1945’, poster

In order to have an appreciation of what is good in graphic design it is necessary to study the work of the best graphic designers from the past and present.

The following is a list of links to some of those who have achieved international fame:

(USA) – Saul Bass, Robert Brownjohn, David Carson, Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Reid Miles, Paul Rand, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher.

(UK) – Jonathan Barnbrook, Neville Brody, Alan Fletcher, Abram Games, Edward McKnight Kauffer, William Morris, Peter Saville, Si Scott, Storm Thorgerson.

(Switzerland) – Josef Müller-Brockmann, Erik Nitsche, Niklaus Troxler, Wolfgang Weingart.

(Japan) – Shigeo Fukuda, Yusaku Kamekura, Ikko Tanaka.

(Italy) – Armando Milani, Massimo Vignelli

(Holland) – M.C. Escher, Irma Boom, 75B

(France) – Philippe Apeloig, A.M. Cassandre

(Spain) – Oscar Marine Brandi, Bernardo Rivavelardi

(Germany) – Lucian Bernhard, Holger Matthies

(Russia) – Alexey Brodovitch

(Israel) – Dan Reisinger

(Iran) – Reza Abedini

(Australia) – Ken Cato

(China) – Xiao Yong




'The Creation of Adam', (1513) by Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Logo design: ‘I Love New York’ (1977) by Milton Glaser.


Ripped Lady Fishing

Using the skills you have learned put the pieces back together with this photo. It should look as if it was never ripped when you turn in the finished piece. RippedLadyFishing.jpg

Digital Art & Design 4 Project List

You need a client, Digital Art 4 focuses on real world work experience :

  • Competitor Research
  • Sketches and Planning
  • Logo
  • Business Cards
  • Brochures
  • Website
  • Web Banners
  • Poster Designs
  • Photography
  • Designed Maps

About Me Project – Show the class your design strength

Illustrator Landscape – Intro to Illustrator

Logo Design

  1. Research
  2. Sketches
  3. Illustrator Versions
  4. Final Logo Design

Product Design

  1. Research
  2. Sketches
  3. Illustrator Versions
  4. Final Product Design

Graffiti Artwork – Intro To Photoshop

  1. Photography – 20 About me Photos (Intro to  Adobe Bridge)
  2. Collage
  3. Drawing from Collage
  4. Painting in Photoshop
  5. Photo editing
  6. Product Editing

Car Graphics –  Photoshop and Illustrator working together

  1. Research
  2. Sketches
  3. Illustrator/Photoshop Versions
  4. Final Car Design

Poster Design –  Photoshop and Illustrator working together

  1. Research
  2. Sketches
  3. Final Poster Design

Brochure Design – How InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator work together

  1. Research
  2. Sketches
  3. InDesign Versions
  4. Final Logo Design

Animated Gif – Designing a Web Banner

  1. Research
  2. Illustrator Background Design
  3. Character Generators
  4. Character Sketches
  5. Illustrator Characters
  6. Photoshop Final Gif

Flash Animation  – Intro to Flash (How does Illustrator and Photoshop work with Flash)