AW 09 – Graphic Design history: The Age of information

2.1. Modern design in American

Part 1

Explore social media and the Internet to find examples of conceptual illustrations that aptly describe a complex political, social or cultural idea. See if you can find examples of:

  • publications that address global issues and so-called wicked problems;
  • and publications that address national issues (like your local newspaper for example).

Write a sentence or two about these illustrations and publish them on your WordPress blog. Remember to give credit to the publication and (if possible) to the illustrator.

Global issuses : Story about war and capital. From the newspaper Aftenposten. Photo: Pixbay/ Illustration by Erik Hattrem.

National issues : Story about the political party Rødt in Norway in the newspaper Bergens Tidene. Written by Anne Rokken and illustration by Tord Torp.

Part 2

Today you’ll design a psychedelic poster. You can use this poster in your leaflet for the course assignment.

Here is a handy Photoshop tutorial in two parts on how to create a 1960s psychedelic poster (but feel free to do it your own way

2.2. Postmodern Design

TASK: Today you’ll design a Pop Art style poster. You can use this poster in your leaflet for your course assignment. The subject doesn’t matter – it’s completely up to you.

The article below will show you various examples within the style – don’t be tempted to use an existing Canva template! The idea is for you to understand and appreciate how you can use this style in modern-day graphic design.

Instead, look at the examples showcased, take inspiration from them, and apply it to your design. There are many YouTube tutorials as well – explore and have fun.

2.3. The digital rovolution

TASK: Today you’ll design a poster where the New Wave/Punk style is evident. You can use this poster in your leaflet for the course assignment. Again, the poster’s subject doesn’t matter; it’s your choice.

Read the article below where Emily Gosling talks about how the “New Wave Graphics are the most influential designs you’ve probably ignored: the slippery, unashamedly pop-leaning genre changed everything — graphics included”. The article features wonderful examples of the genre you can use as inspiration.

2.4. Challenges ahead

TASK: Find a graphic designer from history you’ve never come across before. Someone less known to the public that you feel needs some acknowledgement. Write a short paragraph (three to five sentences) about them and why you find their work inspiring and important. Choose one or two of their works to add to your paragraph.

I found Steve Mcginnis. He grew up in the seventies and was allowed to watch horror movies. At a very early age Steve started to illustrate with his horror style. Later on, his horror illustrations became famous. he went to college of fine art and graphic design. He then changed his style and started to publish children’s books. He has also made 3 horror graphic novels (Rise of the harvester). What is inspiring about Steve McGinnis is that he is able to do so many different styles and that they are so completly different.