A visual guide to graphic design history

By September 14, 2015 Art, Design, Featured No Comments

We love this print from The Pop Chart Lab featuring graphic design styles from the Victorian era (1837–1901) into the modern digital age. It’s a great introduction to the design styles that have shaped art, popular culture, architecture, business, and much of our daily lives. If you can make out the tiny text on top of the graphic blocks, you’ll see general categories like “Victorian” and “Arts & Crafts,” with specific genres within those categories singled out in the graphics.

If you want to see what these styles of design end up looking like check out our Pinterest collections. We’ve taken great care to curate representative items of great design and to slot them into the periods where we think they belong. So far, we have made collections for Bauhaus, SuprematismArt Deco, Art Nouveau, Modern and, lastly, Swiss— which loosely inspires our own branding.

Our favourite the past few years is becoming more trendy on Pinterest and in places like Victoria, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon: Mid-century modern design.

Familiarizing yourself with the nuances of each design style is fun and it opens up a whole world of observation as you tour cities and look at art and architecture, and as you plan a style concept for your yearbook. You can keep a consistent style and narrow down your choices without having to choose a theme like, say, Superheroes. (Not that we’re against that. Themes are super fun.)

Being able to tell the difference between design styles requires good observational skills and skills of deduction therefore, it’s not a frivolous talent to develop. It makes you smart.


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