Course details

History of Design 2 - winter

DEDE2-Z FaVU DEDE2-Z Acad. year 2023/2024 Winter 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

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

Syllabus of lectures

1. Graphic design and political and military propaganda (period of World War II).
2. Design of the late 1940s and of the 1950s.
3. Scandinavian design.
4. Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm and production of the Braun company.
5. Polish poster.
6. Graphic design in the 1950s in the USA - development of the concept of Corporate Identity.
7. Zdeněk Kovář and "Kovář´s school".
8. "Swiss school" in graphic design.
9.-10. Italian "elegant modernism" in industrial design.
11. Post-war Japanese graphic design.
12. Italian "new wave".

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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