A Brief History of Graphic Design

Art & Design

Graphic design is a very new art form, starting with the invention of the printing press. Graphic design is essentially mass produced, commercial art and design. So the history of design is quite short and I wanted to share a brief summary.

Design Era Timeline

Graphic design as we know it only began in the beginning of the 19th century, with the Georgian Era. The timeline ends with the present day computer aided design that we see today. Since the advent of the computer, design has no limits. Anything that can be thought of can now be produced.

Design Eras


Understanding the various movements in the history of graphic design helps me understand why graphic design is what it is today. Exploring these eras is also very inspiring, encouraging me to incorporate some of these styles into my own work.

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