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GMD-120 - History of Graphic Design - Mark Daybell

Course:History of Graphic Design
Professor:Mark Daybell
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello. I’m Professor Mark Daybell (call me Mark) and your facilitator for this online course. Welcome to a wonderful course that will introduce the history of graphic design and how it relates to the history of technology, American/European history and the history of art.

Course Description

Surveys the origin and evolution of graphic design, including the development of typography, advertising, poster design, illustration, corporate identities and trademarks.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is divided in to five Learning Units. Each Learning Unit is approximately one week in length. For each unit, student can expect to complete the following:

  • Review four study guides
  • Read four chapters from Meggs’ History of Graphic Design
  • Review four slide lectures
  • Participate in two discussions
  • Take a Unit Quizzes covering the week’s course content

Types of Assessments

As mentioned above, there are two types of assessments in this course, quizzes and discussions. 

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Meggs' History of Graphic Design Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis 6th Edition
Wiley; May 2, 2016
ISBN-10: 1118772059
ISBN-13: 978-1118772058
Hardcover 696 pagescover image for History of Graphic Design

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Last updated: 05/27/2022 Sub#: 747