Olivet School of Art and Design (OSAD) offered a Master's degree course “History of Graphic Design” in the Winter quarter. The course is designed to provide aspiring designers with a deep understanding of the historical roots of their profession.
As noted by Philip B. Meggs, acknowledging the evolution of graphic design is essential for finding inspiration from past works. This course traces the development of graphic design from the pictographs painted on cave walls to the latest imaginative designs.
Through lectures and research, students gained insight into the historical, cultural, social, and political movements that have influenced the evolution of graphic design. They were introduced to creative thinkers, important innovations, and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication.
The course provides a foundation for students to develop their own unique design style by giving them a comprehensive understanding of the history and evolution of graphic design. They gain an appreciation for the gradual transition from Renaissance design to the modern era, and how this transition has enabled designers to achieve new levels of creativity.
The History of Graphic Design course is a valuable educational opportunity for designers seeking to deepen their understanding of the history and evolution of their profession.