The process and art of combining text and images and communicating an effective message in the design of logos, graphics, brochures, newsletters, posters, signs, Web pages, books, ebooks, and any other type of visual communication is the formal, short definition of graphic design. A graphic designer may do all or almost all these things or specialize in one or more areas — such as primarily logo design or only Web design. Today's graphic designers typically use desktop publishing software and techniques to achieve their goals.
Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing History
Key Moments in Graphic Design History
The Bauhaus, a German school, is founded, eventually providing the framework for modern design."
The Gutenberg Bible
This history of graphic design is closely entwined with the history of the printing press. And the history of the printing press begins with the printing of a book, the Gutenberg Bible.
Digital Prepress vs. Traditional Prepress
"Strictly speaking, prepress begins after the design decisions are made and ends when the document hits the press, but in practice the graphic design process must take into account the traditional or digital prepress process and limitations and the printing methods in order to be a successful design."
When Was Desktop Publishing Invented?
"It was primarily the introduction of both the Apple LaserWriter, a PostScript desktop printer, and PageMaker for the Mac that kicked off the desktop publishing revolution."
Myths and Misconceptions About Desktop Publishing
Myth #1: "Desktop publishing is just another name for graphic design."
Nope. "Graphic design has been around far longer than desktop publishing."
Who Designed the Web?
"Many of the first Web designers were originally and primarily print designers who migrated from print publishing to electronic publishing."
- Also see: Traditional Graphic Design & Prepress and History of Desktop Publishing
Also Known As: graphic arts | graphics design | visual communications | desktop publishing
Common Misspellings: graphic desing
Examples: "A brochure that makes watching water boil seem exciting or a business card that entices the recipient to call instead of toss owe at least part of their success to good graphic design — it doesn't matter if they were created with the latest hot software or an old ink pen."