One thing I definitely did not want my students to believe is that graphic design originated with the computer. At the risk of boring a classroom full of middle students, I took them through a much condensed history of graphic design, showing how mankind has been communicating through the combination of text and image for a very long time. Having less than one hour to cover thousands of years, I kept a narrow focus on how graphic design has evolved over the years, mainly due to advances in technology. I skipped over talking about specific periods in design history relating to style. Here's an overview.
I was always fascinated by the history of ancient Egypt. I remember studying it extensively in sixth grade. My teacher even assigned each student with a role of one of the gods and ordered our desks in ranking order. Now I'm even more fascinated by their famous cave and tomb paintings. They understood many of the basic designs elements that we still use today. In the sample below, notice how they used repetition to create movement, scale to show dominance, a harmonious color palette and a grid structured layout that achieves an overall balanced design.
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