Day 23: Looking backwards at history

History was my least favorite subject in school. I didn’t do extremely well because it was sooooo boring. Too many events happened, too many people to remember and what they did, and everything happened a long time ago and I didn’t feel like the material was relevant to me at the time.

Wow…times have changed. Everything old is new again and history has a way of repeating itself whether we want it to or not.

The same goes with graphic design. Previous time periods inspire others and elements of the past can be seen in today’s work.

I decided to revisit a historic time period that’s relevant to my life: The History of Graphic Design.

There are so many cool design styles and tricks designers did back then and they were done without the use of a computer! Looking at some of those design pieces makes me wonder, “How in the heck can I recreate it for today using Illustrator?”. I guess that’s my challenge now. But hey…I can do it, or at least come very close.

Today’s design style is based on the Bauhaus movement.

Bauhaus was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught.

SHAPING BAUHAUS

  • 1914: Henri van de Velde resigns his position to return to Belgium, nominates Walter Gropius (former student of Peter Behrens) as his successor
  • Weimar Arts and Crafts school merged with Weimar Fine Arts academy; new school called ‘Das Staatliche Bauhaus’ (the New State Home for Building)
  • Bauhaus is logical consequence of German interest in improved design for industrial society, as seen in Deutsche Werkbund

KEY EARLY MEMBERS

  • Walter Gropius, Director
  • Teachers: Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky

Paul Delave, Wikipedia

Here’s today design.

01.23.14 Inspired by the Bauhaus Movement © 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.23.14 Inspired by the Bauhaus Movement
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

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