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Modernism Modernism can be taken down into lots of differnet sections depending what other movement has influenced it and it also spans over many different styles. Many people believe that true modernism began with Impressionism in the mid 1800’s. This was where people first began to break away from the norm, in this case it was when people like Monet started painting outside as opposed to inside in a controlled environment. Each movement after this had a very similar sentiment after this, Post modernism and Fauvism started to experiment with abstract colours and progressive brush strokes. Even down to German Expressionism things were changing from fine art true painting in controlled environments into distorted prints like in the aforementioned movement.

Impressionism Impressionism

Post Impressionism Post Impressionism

Fauvism Fauvism

German Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism

Cubism Cubism

Futurism Futurism


The next section of movements that could be considered part of modernism span from Abstract Impressionism to Suprematism, each of these gets progressively more like what we would consider to be modern design. The colours become far more garish and the realism is more and more reduced, this I think is down to the popular culture in other media at the time, Architecture and fashion design was frequently doing very similar things to the art and graphics of the day. I personally believe that Suprematism was a massive breakthrough and was the start of a new era where art became design and more care was taken into layouts and typography became part of the artwork.

The last two art movements in this timeline are a large change again from the previous which is a running theme with any style or genre associated with Modernist Art. Constructivism is a style that emerged along with propoganda during political and social issues. This is a prime example of how contextualising artwork can help you to understand its origins and its meanings. Personally I dont like the De Stijl art movement, to me it feels like a step backwards after all of the progress made before it, to me it appears lazy and lacks meaning.

Constructivism Constructivism

De Stijl De Stijl

Post Moder nism Post Modernism is is the movement that has a very anarchic obsession and is of the opinion that you should try everything and emphasize each individual aspect. Post Modernism is a very difficult movement to represent or define, it is radical and rejects most ideas of structure and prefers to merge everything to create new and unique designs, It is more playful than Modernism and more open to interpretation while have more fluidity and in my opinion creativity.

Mondr He evolved a more simplified abstract style which he called Neo-Plasticism, restricted to the three primary colours and to a grid of black vertical and horizontal lines on a white ground; associated with van Doesburg in the de Stijl movement 1917-25. Lived 1919-38 in Paris where he joined the group Abstraction-CrĂŠation in 1931. (

I personally think that Piet Mondrian halted the work of some post modernists by starting a new branch of artwork that was very limited and very different in its asthetics to what Post Modernism was quickly becoming.



uhaus The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in the city of Weimar by German architect Walter Gropius. Its core objective was a radical concept: to reimagine the material world to reflect the unity of all the arts. Gropius explained this vision for a union of art and design in the Proclamation of the Bauhaus, which described a utopian craft guild combining architecture, sculpture, and painting into a single creative expression. (

The Bauhaus was a great innovation where a new style of design was developed and it is still influential today, this simplistic use of typography is used in many contemporary advertising and even large consumer driven campaigns.

Making My Mast head These are the stages that I went through in making my Logo/ Masthead

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Some of the research that went into making my magazine. Hud Graphics Modernism 2014 Kat Dunbobbin