As a graphic designer, it's important to be able to envision yourself and your work in the context of history. This course covers the history of visual communication (beginning with the Victorian period) with an emphasis on developments in graphic design and typography during the 20th century. You will learn how graphic design developed from various technical innovations to form a part of art history, cultural history and world history. You will gain an understanding of how design, specifically graphic design, has been defined as an art form and as a profession. You will study many prominent designers and learn to identify some of their most important works. Slide lectures are given throughout.