Experiential History of Graphic Design

A site for students enrolled in a hybrid lecture/studio History of Graphic Design course, AVT 418/613, at George Mason University.

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Beyond The Bauhaus: Moroccan Design Stories, with Shape and Soul | AIGA Design Educators Community 10/20/2021

Beyond The Bauhaus: Moroccan Design Stories, with Shape and Soul | AIGA Design Educators Community

Great perspectives...

Beyond The Bauhaus: Moroccan Design Stories, with Shape and Soul | AIGA Design Educators Community What if we engaged in a short dérive in an effort to examine stories that have not been told in design history? Guy Debord coined the concept of the dérive as an unplanned journey through spaces, where participants pause their everyday life routine to follow unexpected paths....

Photos from University Art Galleries, University of South Dakota's post 03/17/2021

Former Mason Professor Quigley exhibition!

A Radical Examination of Queerness in Communist Propaganda Posters 02/18/2021

A Radical Examination of Queerness in Communist Propaganda Posters

Interesting read!

A Radical Examination of Queerness in Communist Propaganda Posters We’re all familiar with the “Communist aesthetic”—its bold graphics, hyperrealism, and often stark color schemes. Less familiar is the tender side of this ideology. In The Gay Agenda: Homoeroticism in Communist Propaganda, a provocative online discussion last month between film historian Bad...


Field Notes - United States of Letterpress

Terrific short film!

Our 48th Quarterly Limited Edition for the Fall of 2020 is the “United States of Letterpress,” which features the work of nine independent letterpress…


Linocut process with printing on a Vandercook SP15!


Coming next spring for the first hands-on letterpress course at Mason—reglets!
Sign up for AVT 419/496 Letterpress Printing today.


Excited to hand over the Experiential class to Mel Parada this coming academic year—it’s going to be awesome!!


Final portfolio production!


Paper making!


In Search of a New Eden


Type bank is coming down to Mason tomorrow, just in time for the Spring semester!


Working up new letterpress workshop materials, including quiz material!

scribalworkshop.com 01/03/2019

The Making of an Illuminated Manuscript - Blog

Amazing detail!

scribalworkshop.com The Making of an Illuminated Manuscript: Psalm 121 First the the parchment is cut, guidelines and margins are marked (drawn with a lead stylus or pressed in with a bronzed stylus or penned with brazilwood ink) Once this is done, the writing is completed with a goose quill and iron gall ink. leaving....


Fall semester AVT 410 classes will have letterpress access on-site!

mashable.com 06/11/2018

Fascinating 1942 photos show the making of the New York Times, step by step

mashable.com Behind-the-scenes images capture the frantic and physical process of putting together a single edition of the Gray Lady.


American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

From the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print, this video shows you the art of letterpress printing as practice...


Steel Petal Press - Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing history, Steel Petal Press Chicago - printing on a C and P and an SP-15. Video by We are the Barkers


Adobe Illustrator


Ever wonder what graphic design was like before Illustrator? #Ai30th


Master Penman Jake Weidmann | HUMAN

As the world grows increasingly digital, storied art forms like penmanship are quickly dying out. Old masters pass away, leaving behind a gaping void. Enter ...

sciencechannel.com 02/08/2017

Magazine Gloss Paper

sciencechannel.com In order to create the shiny, gloss paper found in magazines, manufactures have found a way to take dirt found in Cornwall,England and turn it into a gold mine.


Good typographic knowledge is essential for great design.


Letterpressed: The Holstee Manifesto

Terrific video!

More details on the print http://hlst.ee/Q9QV3p Take a dive into the world of master letter presser, and Holstee's first printer of the Holstee Manifesto, El...

www.juxtapoz.com 03/23/2016

Juxtapoz Magazine - Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production

Looking forward to this!

www.juxtapoz.com It’s been roughly 30 years since the desktop computer revolutionized the way the graphic design industry works... It’s been roughly 30 years since the...


Before there was Photoshop | graphic design tools | Photoshop 25th anniversary

Follow along as Sean Adams mocks up a layout with a variety of traditional design tools. http://bit.ly/1MSKa2A Join lynda.com as we celebrate 25 years of Pho...

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Chase Mission Main Street Grants

Just need 74 more votes for us to be considered for this awesome grant for Glyph! If you haven't voting yet please try to do so before this Friday—we are so close!! We appreciate any support you can give us—and thanks in advance!

missionmainstreetgrants.com Chase's $2M Mission Main Street Grants program for Small Business is in full swing! Apply or vote today! Learn more here: www.missionmainstreetgrants.com


Letterpress workshop at Lead Graffiti, Spring 2015!


Brittany watching Adam preparing to ink up his relief cut for printing during last Fall's AVT 418 section.


Linotype examples!


The Experiential History of Graphic Design


A short introductory video for a new experiential history of graphic design course taught a George Mason University.


Website is up for a trial run…


Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo


Working on the class website via Squarespace; hope to have it up by mid-April.


Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo

Globe Poster Printing Fall 2011 03/13/2013

Globe Poster Printing Fall 2011

Spring 2012 AVT 613 03/12/2013

Spring 2012 AVT 613


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