Introduction

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Louise File
Source: Artist’s Website

After all, every picture is a history of love and hate when read from the appropriate angle.

Leopoldo Salas-Nicanor, Espejo de las artes, 1731

From “Reading Pictures” by Alberto Manguel

This blog presents weekly reviews or reflections about topics covered during my first History of Graphic Design class, a journey from cave painting to “trans-media” artists.

What started as a requirement, have turned into an addictive search for artists, the significance of their works, technologies related to past and present and it’s use to create visuals.

At this point, I find difficult to separate visual imagery with the history of humanity. From pre-history to current times, visuals have shaped the perceptions of human being inside and outside their cultures.

Besides the invaluable information covered in such a short time, there were many aspects that made this class fascinating. One of them was the experience of verbalizing and eventually writing something that was important or I found attracted to go  to a deeper level.  Writing adds a level of understanding of a subject matter, deeper than reading or taking a multiple selection test., although as David Caslon says “…just because it is legible, doesn’t mean it communicates…

Another aspect I loved of the class was how our knowledge expanded weekly.  Together with the material presented by Professor Manske, the thoughtful reviews, philosophical questions and personal points of views written by my classmates, we had a long journey through the History of Graphic Design. My level of appreciation for community work was confirmed again via this class watching  our “communal basket of knowledge” grew throughout the quarter.  The “online” format of this class was also helpful, giving me  the flexibility to go back and forth to sections or blogs I needed to review or realized it required more of my thought.

History is relative to the writer’s perspective and  masculine gender is very well represented on the history of humanity.  Likewise, it is also very well documented for the History of Graphic Design. Below a small wall with samples and names of Women Graphic Designers I want to keep on hand. I am certain I am missing many artists here. It is true we have more representation of women in the US, but around the world, finding the contributions of women’s work on graphic design and visual communication  is not an  easy task.  The book “Women in Graphic Design”, 1890-2012 by Gerda Brewer and Julia Meer was  recently published. Maybe the trend of history separated by genders would stop sooner than later and in no time we can read a more balanced volume with the account of both male and female artists around the world.

While reading about the work of contemporary artists  I learned about the new fields where a visual artist are working these days. The panorama is exiting   and after completing this class,  I cannot see better time to be in the Visual Communication field than now.

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Enjoy the blog!

Alejandra Chaverri

December 4, 2012

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