There is a saying, “If you don’t know the past, you can’t know the future”. Knowing the past is important because it shows the road to today. In addition, one can imagine the path to future. As a graphic designer, have you ever wondered; What is the origin of graphic design? Where did it start? Was it the cave paintings? Or was it something mechanically printed for the first time? Also, where will it go next? Well, to answer all these questions and others like these, there is excellent free to learncourse by instructors, Ellen Lupton & Brockett Horne – Graphic Design History: An Introduction.

“Where did graphic design come from? Why do things look the way they do? Can intricatepatterns re-form society? Can simple shape tell astory? Can a photograph lie? Painters and poets transformed mass media with a new vision for new technologies. Designers try to unify society with pictograms, logos and a big dose of Helvetica. Some cultures rebelled against uniformity by creating unique styles and powerful political messages. Together we will learn the about the people and the processes that changed the way we communicate.”

A dynamic conversation between the instructors combined with the quiz that pops up periodically makes thecourse not only interesting but also interactive. In addition, you can also connect with fellow students and share and discuss ideas. There is also an assignment section through which you can get practical knowledge during the course. Furthermore, you can also earn a Certificate of Accomplishment if you go for premium membership.

So come along and discover the history of Graphic Design.



Ellen Lupton | Director Graphic Design – Maryland Institute College of Art(MICA)

Ellen Lupton is a writer and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. Ellen is also a Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City since 1992.



Brockett Horne | Chair Graphic Design – Maryland Institute College of Art(MICA)

Brockett Horne is a designer, educator, and writer. She also serves as chair of graphic design at MICA, where she teaches fierce sophomores and daring juniors. She has been exhibited and honoured with multiple design awards, is a past Rotary International Scholar, and has work in the permanent collection of the RISD Museum of Art.She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design.