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{History of Graphic Design} Syllabus: Assignments

Group Project Presentation Students will work in groups of 3 or 4 and study different periods of visual communication and design. After completing research on their assigned topic the group will give a 10–15 minute presentation on the time period. Each student will participate in creating a Powerpoint presentation with images and text that explain when this time period occurred and why it is relevant to the history of visual communication/design. Presentations should include at least 15 images (there may be more) captioned with artist name/title of the piece/date. 5 relevant artists or designers of the time period and how their work contributed to graphic design should be present as well as relevant dates and a bibliography. Students should use images as a tool to explain the relevance and significance of their group’s time period, so the more, the better. Try to refrain from using lists in your presentations. Tell us about your images, don't make us read about it on screen. Group Topics Early Alphabets & Printing Art Nouveau Victorian Era Arts & Crafts Movement Suprematism, Constructivism, and De Stijl Identity/Information Design Bauhaus Art Deco Propaganda Modernism & Post Modernism

Paper 1: Landmark in Design Each student has been assigned a specific landmark in the history of visual communication. The assigned idea, invention, school, object or publication marks a turning point in graphic design. Students will write a 2–3 page paper on this subject’s historical importance and relationship to design or visual communication. The paper/research should include at least 3 sources (2 of which must be books or magazines), footnotes and a bibliography. Paper 2: Designer Term Paper Each student has been assigned a designer/artist in history which they will research and use as the subject of a 6–8 page term paper. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the connections, influences and context in relation to a graphic designer and his or her work. Each student will need to consider the designer/artist’s life and work, and provide at least 8 significant dates or events in relation to their life and career. The historical context of time and place (cultural, social, economic, political and technological events) should be present as well as art, design and architectural context. The paper/research should include at least 8 sources (4 of which must be books or magazines), footnotes and a bibliography.

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