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Graphic Design: Then and Now

Graphic design is everywhere: in every logo, magazine, package, webpage, and font used in a slogan. For newer generations these carefully crafted images and identities may seem like just another part of reality, but none of these designs were created in a vacuum. Everything is created for a purpose and as a response to what […]

Give Me More Than Art Now

These are the textbooks for Art Now and the History of Graphic Design, respectively. Only one of these classes is a requirement for all graphic design majors, but it’s not the obvious choice…So why is Art Now a required class for graphic designers, but the History of Graphic Design is not? In Art Now, contemporary […]

From Print to Web: A Brief History of the Drop Cap

brief history of the drop cap. I love drop caps—they always clutch my attention. Initially, drop caps or initial caps were incorporated into illuminated manuscripts dating back to the 4th century. Drop caps from this time period originally were heavily designed with more illustrative elements. For example, the photograph below illuminates that the illustration of […]

Andy Warhol: The Intersection of Art and Design

In light of recent class discussions about art versus design, I would like to introduce you to Andy Warhol. Warhol is the highpoint at the intersection between art and design. In the 1950s, before Warhol became celebrated in the art world, he was a ‘commercial artist’. Back in the day—when Warhol was alive—the term ‘commercial […]