11:00–11:50am; M,W,F


Meggs' History of Graphic Design
by Philip B. Meggs and Alston W. Purvis, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


  • Identify key graphic design movements.
  • List the key people, philosophies and influences of design movements.
  • Draw the visual characteristics of distinct design movements.
  • Gain a broad understanding of how contemporary design fits within a cultural and historical context.


Lecture-based with written examination and supportive projects.


Test 1

L1 - What is Design?

L2 - Invention of Writing

L3 - Origins of the Alphabet

L4 - Medieval Period

L5 - Printing Comes to Europe

L6 - Typography

Test 2

L7 - Rococo

L8 - Woodtype Poster

L9 - Victorian // zipped folder

L10 - Arts & Crafts

L11 - Art Nouveau

Test 3

L12 - Cubism and Futurism

L13 - Dadaism and Surrealism

L14 - Minimalism

L15 - De Stijl & Constructivism

L16 - Bauhaus & Propaganda Posters

L17 - more Bauhaus & ITS

L18 - Art Deco

Test 4

L19 - 1950s

L20 - 1960s

L21 - Design for Humans

L22 - 70s, 80s, 90s

L23 - Information Explosion in the Digital Age

L24 - Hand-Lettering & Vernacular

L25 - The End