History of Graphic Design

David Carson is known as a graphic designer, surfer, and an art director. From an interview, he claimed how he never knew what graphic design was until he went into a summer workshop in the University of Arizona. After learning, he became dedicated to graphic design and making it his own. Through Ray Gun, he formed his own typographic and layout style, which is now defined as “grunge typography”.

He was the art director for the magazine Ray Gun and became famously known that way. And after 3 years of working in Ray Gun magazine he had his own studio and started doing work for major brands and products. Such as Pepsi, Ray Ban, Nike, Microsoft and the list goes on. To this day he still is making various works of his own.


You can visit his site down below and take a look at his work:


this is to read more from the interview:



Books on Graphic Design: Thoughts on Design

The book I have chosen is called Thoughts on Design by Paul Rand. This book is filled with many types of design–from illustrations to designs on magazine covers and then to ads. There are so many types of simple designs which easily illustrates a message to the readers. Most of the posters or magazine covers are dated from the late 1930’s to the 1960’s. During that time many prints were in black and white due to the high costs in colored ink.

I have selected two images from the bookwhich I found the most interesting. The first poster seems as if it was made for humor. The designer used a real object with a couple lines painted over to form face, by using the bristles as the beard of the face. With the use of the picture of a real brush and then a small drawing painted over it, caught my attention the most because it was actually misleading when I first saw the poster. Which causes me to take a longer time to understand what was actually going on in the illustration.


In the next picture, it had a good use of space with the steering wheels for an ad poster. I am most drawn to the use of layering and repetition of the shaped used to construct a simple car advertisement. Also, the lighting on the wheels give it that nice sense of depth in the design.


The author made this book for new and oilers audiences torecognize and see many different artists use the various concepts to manipulate the focal point in their posters or magazines or which ever they had designed for.

Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas was born in 1943, in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his mother who was legally blind. But when he moved to San Francisco Bay area his life turned around. In college, he studied commercial art and took graphic design classes and print making classes at San Francisco City College. Later on, in his life, he became known for all of his art pieces in the newspaper called The Black Panther.

Emory Douglas worked in the Black Panther Party from 1967 to 1980 and was also the minister of Culture. His images represented the African American struggles during the 60’s and the 70’s. Through this party, he became one of the revolutionary artists for his bold actions of art.

Eventually, Douglas was feared by the government by all his political statements in his art works. It was his ability to provoke the people which scared them the most. He made so many visuals for the people to recognize what is really happening in the world.


This piece was made in the first newspaper in 1970 for the Black Panther Party. It is called “All Power to the People”.

Here are some more links about him and his art: