STUDENT WORK: History of Design Projects

History Projects - Apply Design Aesthetics from Other Time Periods

Final Project: History of Design (a 300-level course)
I taught this course every quarter along with two studio courses.

Parameters: Select a one man-made object and interpret it 6 different ways using the visual elements, colors and type styles
characteristic of six different design movements. All solutions must include the typical aesthetics, colors, forms, shapes
and typography of that period.

Oral Presentation: Prepare an oral presentation to explain your design decisions. Describe the typical colors, shapes,
images and typefaces that are characteristic of each period you selected and how you interpreted them.

(Below) History of Design – Final Project: Aesthetics of different design movements applied to an object, in this solution,
paper dolls

History of Design - Final Project - Apply the aesthetics of design movements to a product.

The Effect of Typography and Printing on History:
A Tribute to the Renaissance Typographers and Printers

Parameters: Research and develop conclusions on the historical, technological, religious and societal impact of a Renaissance printer
or typographer for a combination oral and visual presentation.
1. Develop an oral presentation on your conclusions to present for class.
2. Design a visual presentation as a wearable presentation (T-Shirt) to demonstrate the visual characteristics of the type, layout or printing.

Oral Presentation: Describe the historical, technological, religious and societal impact of your chosen printer or typographer. Describe the
highlights of their career and life. Use the visual aspects of your presentation to illustrate your research and conclusions.

Visual Presentation: Design a full-color T-shirt representing the type and design sensibilities of your chosen typographer or printer. You may
use the face of the person, name and examples of their typefaces or books in a composition. You may use the sleeves and/or back of the
shirt. The T-shirt can be an aesthetic exercise with typographic forms or incorporate historical facts into the composition.
Design for an audience of graphic designers with assumed knowledge of typography.
– Final presentation: 11 x 17 color print mounted on 15 x 20 black mounting board or an actual T-shirt with heat-activated transfers.
– Use type and books created by the person as the primary visual elements.
– Consider the ramifications of applying two-dimensional typography on to a three-dimensional surface.

(Below) Claude Garamond and Albrecht Durer