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Introduction to Graphic Design

Maryland Institute College of Art via Kadenze

Overview

In a series of dynamic conversations, renowned authors and leading faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Brockett Horne and Ellen Lupton will introduce you to fascinating people and processes that changed the way we communicate.

Where did graphic design come from, and where will it go next? This fast-paced introduction to graphic design history, the first course of our two-part program Graphic Design History and Methods, will change your understanding of everything from fonts and letterforms to posters and brands. Discover how printers revolutionized society when they created open access to information. Explore the visual systems that inform graphic design practice—from handwritten alphabets to online publications. Learn how avant-garde artists, architects, poets, and painters shook the world by reinventing mass media. Pursue the dream of a unified civilization held together by neutral typefaces, international pictograms, and global brands—and see how subcultures rebelled against cultural uniformity by forging their own visual identities. Thinking about history will open your eyes to new ideas and diverse practices.

Test your knowledge with short quizzes, and stretch your own design practice by responding to inspiring creative prompts.



What students are saying:


"Ellen Lupton and Brockett Horne's creative collaboration makes this lecture series both engaging and entertaining (while still being educational, of course). The assignments were well thought out, and lots of fun. Thank you for such a terrific course! :D "


"Good course to get a handle on graphic design. I am a musician but enjoyed taking this course to learn more about how to make album art work and posters for my shows. The two teachers were great to watch together and motivated me to keep learning."

Syllabus

Session 1: The Visible Word
The Invention of Writing, The Typographic Revolution, and Cultures of Publishing.

Session 2: Liberated Style
Arts and Crafts and the Ideal Book; Art Nouveau and Jugendstil.

Session 3: Inventing The Avant-Garde
Cubism, Futurism, Dada

Session 4: New Typographies
Constructivism, Dutch Modernism, and the Bauhaus.

Session 5: International Styles
International Symbols and Global Identities; The Postmodern Reaction.

Session 6: Other Voices
Design and Civil Rights; Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Universal Design

Taught by

Brockett Horne and Ellen Lupton

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Reviews

4.6 rating, based on 11 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Ellen Lupton and Brockett Horne's creative collaboration makes this lecture series both engaging and entertaining (while still being educational, of course). The assignments were well thought out, and lots of fun. Thank you for such a terrific course! :D
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a a great way for me to start my design career. I always wanted to take these type of courses in Uni, but never had the time in my schedule. Great to learn about MICA and how they teach this subject in America. Also took a class from Cornish at the same time on Kadenze. Both courses were very high quality.
  • Luz Corona

    Luz Corona completed this course.

    I really enjoy this class like in every class I have take with kadenze teachers are grate fun easy to follow and the information that we get is all pretty updated if you really want to take the class here you will be pleasantly surprise
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An excellent and entertaining historical overview delivered with humor and personality. I must admit to favoritism: I very much enjoyed my several years at MICA as a continuing ed student.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good course to get a handle on graphic design. I am a musician but enjoyed taking this course to learn more about how to make album art work and posters for my shows. The two teachers were great to watch together and motivated me to keep learning.
  • Laila Rotter Schmidt completed this course.

    It was absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for the oportunity to watch these classes. Easy to understand and full of rich exemples.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    This is a fantastic course. I really like how the two teachers interact with each other. I am also learning a lot from watching the other students work in the gallery.
  • Anonymous
    This course has pop ups to make sure you are paying attention, and unfortunately these jammed things up on my device. Secondly, there are too many locked lectures which feels like financial discrimination to me. Otherwise, I enjoyed the instructors and the lectures were professional.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    They're very fun together. There's a lot of references and content but they taught in a very accessible way. Thank you for the opportunity :)
  • Anonymous
    The pace of the class itself was wonderful and educational. I would suggest it to anyone interested in learning the history of graphic design.
  • Adrienn Varga completed this course.

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