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Graphic Design: Defined
- the art or profession of using design elements (as typography and images) to convey information or create an effect; also: a product of this art.
What is Graphic Design?
- visually communicating design as an idea, thought, message or meaning, to create inspire, teach, persuade, inform, entertain, enhance, or change.
Graphic design is the process of visual communication, and problem-solving through the use of type, space, image and color.
The field is considered a subset of visual communication and communication design, but sometimes the term “graphic design” is used interchangeably with these due to overlapping skills involved. Graphic designers use various methods to create and combine words, symbols, and images to create a visual representation of ideas and messages.
A graphic designer may use a combination of typography, visual arts and page layout techniques to produce a final result. Graphic design often refers to both the process (designing) by which the communication is created and the products (designs) which are generated.
Common uses of graphic design include identity (logos and branding), publications (magazines, newspapers and books), print advertisements, posters, billboards, website graphics and elements, signs and product packaging. For example, a product package might include a logo or other artwork, organized text and pure design elements such as images, shapes and color which unify the piece. Composition is one of the most important features of graphic design, especially when using pre-existing materials or diverse elements.
Cave painting of a dun horse
(equine) at Lascaux
Closeup of the elaborate engravings
found in Rome on the Trajan Column
107-113 C.E. (A.D.)
1.) Graphic Design Defined
2.) Historical Context
3.) Graphic Depictions
Reflection: Write your thoughts on the questions listed above.
Minimum of 1 paragraph.
Graphics before the Common Era
Lascaux’s cave paintings depict animals, humans, and abstract signs. Among the animals found, predominantly stags and bulls, many have been identified as species from the specific time period. The paintings are also thought to depict star charts, some which match the composition of several constellations. While other theories do include rituals and hunt experiences, some also feel that these may be interpreted more specifically as rituals in order to improve the future success of hunting expeditions.
The Trajan Column is similar in nature to the cave paintings in its depiction of human history and the mapping of events. portrays Trajan’s two victorious military campaigns against the Dacians; the lower half illustrating the first (101–102), and the top half illustrating the second (105–106). These campaigns were contemporary to the time of the Column’s building. Throughout, the frieze repeats standardized scenes of imperial address (adlocutio), sacrifice (lustratio), and the army setting out on campaign (profectio). Scenes of battle are very much a minority on the column, instead it emphasizes images of orderly soldiers carrying out ceremony and construction.
Do these examples…
- visually communicate design as an idea, thought, message or meaning?
- Were they created to inspire, teach, persuade, inform, entertain, enhance, or change?
This quiz is to test your comprehension of the resources & reading in lesson 1 on the background, history, and short timeline provided in terms of graphic design. Please read carefully and select your answer; there may be more than one correct answer so use your best judgement and understanding. To receive credit for this lesson section, please complete the assessment below. You must also provide your name and e-mail address to ensure your grade has been submitted and attributed to you.
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