what’s graphic design?
…since the stone age people have looked for ways to visualize objects, create graphic ideas and concepts and to bring order to a dissorganized world. People over the centuries such as painters, artists and printers have brought graphic design to people in all kinds of ways. In the 1920s a famous book designer W Addison Dwiggins, first used the phrase ‘graphic designer’ to describe to people how his work produced print design. Today graphic design is a popular art and well known trade that encompasses everything from designing leaflets, brochures and web sites to aircraft livery, food packaging and road signs.
The term computer graphics was first used in the 1960’s by William Fetter, a graphic designer for Boeing Aircraft Co. Computer images were created from plotting points on a mathematical field without the advantage of a screen. The profession of designing for print or electronic forms of visual information, as for an advertisement, publication, or website design all of which are a form of graphic design.
Combining text with graphics to communicate a product or service effectively is the design of logos, graphics, brochures, newsletters, posters, signs. Graphic design is the most universal of all the arts and used everywhere from here in Cheshire, across the UK and the rest of the world. Graphic design explains, indicates, informs and decorates bringing structure and order to the world, without the organisation that the graphic design process brings we would have to explain and receive all information by the spoken word just as the early humans did all those years ago.
You can see graphic design in the form of cartography for maps of Cheshire and Lancashire from as early as 1577, Merseyside hadn’t yet been established. Infact the Romans first began creating maps of a sort over 2,000 years ago for Chester and surrouding areas which was then known as Deva.