Course details

History of Design 2 - summer

DEDE2-L FaVU DEDE2-L Acad. year 2023/2024 Summer semester 3 credits

Course is not open in this year

The course focuses on the history of graphic and industrial design from the World War II to present days. It deals mainly with the image or product which is multiplied in a mechanized way. It also focuses on the solitary creation and the overlaps of applied and free art to the period after the World War II. It refers to the prototype of designer activities in the traditional disciplines of handicraft and applied arts. It also refers to the origin of the designer´s profession during the first industrial revolution and to 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

History of Design I.

Fundamental literature

  • Sparke, P.: Století designu
  • Meggs, P.B.: Meggs' History of Graphic Design

Syllabus of lectures

1. Psychedelic wave in applied graphics in the 1960s.
2.-3. Start of postmodernism in the 1970s. Alchimia, Memphis and E. Sottsasse.
4. Post-punk applied graphics, Neville Brody.
5.-6. Postmodernism of the 1980s.
7. High-tech 1970s-1990s.
8. Wolfgang Weingart and Californian "new wave"
9. Computers in graphic design.
10. David Carson and "end of print".
11. Convergence of modernism and postmodernism in the 1990s.
12. Prognosis of further development in the area of design.

Progress assessment

Exam conditions: passed written test based on explained topics, minimum reslut 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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