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A brief history of graphic design

Graphic design is such a big part of our world that it is difficult to imagine living without it, its history is a story that spans the entirety of human existence.

38,000 BCE

Pre printing press

Cave paintings

Historians can trace the origins of graphic design to early cave paintings from around 38,000 BCE. These early forms of cave painting were used to communicate from one generation to another.

Gutenberg Bible
1439

Renaissance and Industrial Era

The Printing press

Johannes Gutenberg brought moveable type to Europe in 1439, introducing mass communication to Western culture and forever changing civilisation.

Gutenberg Bible
1400s

RENAISSANCE AND INDUSTRIAL ERA

First logos

A wide variety of stamps, symbols, and signatures have been used to identify people over the centuries. The printer’s marks below are from the late 15th century and are variations on an ‘orb and cross’ theme.

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1620s

RENAISSANCE AND INDUSTRIAL ERA

First print ads

The printing press gave way to the 'coranto', the precursor to the newspaper. These corantos featured the first printed ads. Image via the Brent Museum and Archive.

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1837 

RENAISSANCE AND INDUSTRIAL ERA

Colour printing

Technological advancements continued to fuel the progression of graphic design, such as the ability to print in color, or chromolithography.

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1903

the modern era

first graphic

design agency

The Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) brought together architects, artists, and designers working in ceramics, fashion, silver, furniture, and graphic arts.

1980s

THE MODERN ERA

Dawn of a digital age

The introduction of digital tools provided a new, revolutionary way of creating graphic design. In 1984, Apple introduced the Macintosh computer. Photoshop launched in 1990 as a graphics editing software.

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NOW

the modern era

The future of

graphic design

The computer, Photoshop, and the Internet have enabled a surge of new design disciplines. Web design, interactive design, and UX/UI design, to name a few. The future of graphic design has never been more exciting!

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