Course details

History of Design 1 - winter

DEDE1-Z FaVU DEDE1-Z Acad. year 2023/2024 Winter semester 3 credits

Course is not open in this year

The history of graphic and industrial design and their formation after the World War II. The prototype of designer activities in traditional disciplines of handmade work and applied arts. The birth of the designer´s profession in the first period of the industrial revolution and its further transformations.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures


Learning objectives

To obtain historic-theoretical background which can be used during the solution of practical tasks.
Basic knowledge of developmental tendencies in the areas of industrial and graphic design and of their major issues and personalities.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Fundamental literature

  • Sparke, P.: Století designu
  • Meggs, P.B.: Meggs' History of Graphic Design
  • Kolesár, Z.: Kapitoly z dějin designu

Syllabus of lectures

1. Definition of the subject "history of design" and its differen interpretations. Graphic and industrial design.
2. "Proto-design": historic formation of some aspects of design in pre-industrial era.
3. First industrial revolution, crisis of the concept of applied arts and the birth of the designer´s profession.
4. Invention of litography and birth of poster.
5.-6. Reform movement in the 2nd half of 19th century.
7.-9. Formation of art nouveau and its climax at the turn between the 19th and 20th century.
10. Alfons Mucha and art nouveau in the Czech lands.
11. Peter Behrens and the birth of Corporate Identity.
12. Early modernism.

Progress assessment

Exam conditions: passed written test based on explained topics, minimum result 80% .
Lectures are optional.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme BIT (in English), 1st year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 1st year of study, Elective
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