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Graphic Design

A New History, Third Edition

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  • Introduction

    1. In your mind, when did graphic design begin? With the invention of writing? Mechanical printing? Later?

    2. Is manuscript illumination an example of graphic design? Why or why not?

    3. How did nationalist sentiments play a role in the early history of movable type? Do you think certain typefaces convey specific national or political messages today?

    4. Name some effects on society caused by the new ability to disseminate information through printing.

    5. Why was Caslon type more popular than Baskerville? What does this say about designers’ artistic interests vis-à-vis their commercial success?

    6. Are typeface design and typesetting trades? Or artforms?