10 Good Reasons To Study Design History

By Alvalyn Lundgren 4 years ago5 Comments

As I prepare to teach my next course in Design History at UCLA Extension, I gave some thought to why designers should study the history of graphic design in the first place. Here is my short list:

  1. To build a visual vocabulary and recognize how design elements are used and organized
  2. To learn to see rather than simply look
  3. To acquire good taste
  4. To strengthen one’s communication skills
  5. To become a better designer
  6. To appreciate the past, be inspired in the present and anticipate the future
  7. Because other designers know design history and they’re the competition
  8. To cultivate one’s curiosity
  9. To recognize that design is one of the oldest of human pursuits and is not the result of nor reliant on computer technology
  10. To understand what good design is and why it is important.

What would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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 Alvalyn Lundgren

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Alvalyn Lundgren is the visual evangelist (illustrator and designer) at Alvalyn Creative, an independent creative practice near Thousand Oaks, California. She has over 35 years experience creating visual branding, books, publications, web sites and illustrations for a wide range of clients. She is the creator of Freelance Road Trip — online business course for creative freelancers, and TwoFingersandaThumb — online design and drawing courses. Contact her for your visual branding, graphic and web design needs. Join her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and subscribe to her free monthly newsletter.


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