Experiential History of Graphic Design

Experiential History of Graphic Design A site for students enrolled in a hybrid lecture/studio History of Graphic Design course, AVT 418/613, at George Mason University.

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Former Mason Professor Quigley exhibition!
03/17/2021

Former Mason Professor Quigley exhibition!

Interesting read!
02/18/2021
A Radical Examination of Queerness in Communist Propaganda Posters

Interesting read!

We’re all familiar with the “Communist aesthetic”—its bold graphics, hyperrealism, and often stark color schemes. Less familiar is the tender side of this ideology. In The Gay Agenda: Homoeroticism in Communist Propaganda, a provocative online discussion last month between film historian Bad...

09/25/2020
Field Notes - United States of Letterpress

Terrific short film!

Our 48th Quarterly Limited Edition for the Fall of 2020 is the “United States of Letterpress,” which features the work of nine independent letterpress…

Linocut process with printing on a Vandercook SP15!
08/16/2020

Linocut process with printing on a Vandercook SP15!

Coming next spring for the first hands-on letterpress course at Mason—reglets! Sign up for AVT 419/496 Letterpress Print...
11/29/2019

Coming next spring for the first hands-on letterpress course at Mason—reglets!
Sign up for AVT 419/496 Letterpress Printing today.

Excited to hand over the Experiential class to Mel Parada this coming academic year—it’s going to be awesome!!
07/19/2019

Excited to hand over the Experiential class to Mel Parada this coming academic year—it’s going to be awesome!!

Final portfolio production!
05/03/2019

Final portfolio production!

Paper making!
04/11/2019

Paper making!

In Search of a New Eden
01/27/2019

In Search of a New Eden

Type bank is coming down to Mason tomorrow, just in time for the Spring semester!
01/20/2019

Type bank is coming down to Mason tomorrow, just in time for the Spring semester!

Working up new letterpress workshop materials, including quiz material!
01/12/2019

Working up new letterpress workshop materials, including quiz material!

Amazing detail!
01/03/2019
The Making of an Illuminated Manuscript - Blog

Amazing detail!

The Making of an Illuminated Manuscript: Psalm 121 First the the parchment is cut, guidelines and margins are marked (drawn with a lead stylus or pressed in with a bronzed stylus or penned with brazilwood ink) Once this is done, the writing is completed with a goose quill and iron gall ink. leaving....

Fall semester AVT 410 classes will have letterpress access on-site!
08/16/2018

Fall semester AVT 410 classes will have letterpress access on-site!

03/26/2018
American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

From the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print, this video shows you the art of letterpress printing as practice...

03/26/2018
Steel Petal Press - Letterpress Printing

Steel Petal Press - Letterpress Printing

Letterpress printing history, Steel Petal Press Chicago - printing on a C and P and an SP-15. Video by We are the Barkers

03/28/2017
Adobe Illustrator

Awesome

Ever wonder what graphic design was like before Illustrator? #Ai30th

02/08/2017
Master Penman Jake Weidmann | HUMAN

Master Penman Jake Weidmann | HUMAN

As the world grows increasingly digital, storied art forms like penmanship are quickly dying out. Old masters pass away, leaving behind a gaping void. Enter ...

Magazine Gloss Paper
02/08/2017
Magazine Gloss Paper

Magazine Gloss Paper

In order to create the shiny, gloss paper found in magazines, manufactures have found a way to take dirt found in Cornwall,England and turn it into a gold mine.

Good typographic knowledge is essential for great design.
05/11/2016

Good typographic knowledge is essential for great design.

Just need 74 more votes for us to be considered for this awesome grant for Glyph! If you haven't voting yet please try t...
06/17/2015
Chase Mission Main Street Grants

Just need 74 more votes for us to be considered for this awesome grant for Glyph! If you haven't voting yet please try to do so before this Friday—we are so close!! We appreciate any support you can give us—and thanks in advance!

Chase's $2M Mission Main Street Grants program for Small Business is in full swing! Apply or vote today! Learn more here: www.missionmainstreetgrants.com

Letterpress workshop at Lead Graffiti, Spring 2015!
05/23/2015

Letterpress workshop at Lead Graffiti, Spring 2015!

Brittany watching Adam preparing to ink up his relief cut for printing during last Fall's AVT 418 section.
02/11/2015

Brittany watching Adam preparing to ink up his relief cut for printing during last Fall's AVT 418 section.

Linotype examples!
01/12/2015

Linotype examples!

Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo
04/02/2014

Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo

Working on the class website via Squarespace; hope to have it up by mid-April.
04/02/2014

Working on the class website via Squarespace; hope to have it up by mid-April.

Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo
09/15/2013

Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo

Globe Poster Printing Fall 2011
03/13/2013

Globe Poster Printing Fall 2011

Spring 2012 AVT 613
03/12/2013

Spring 2012 AVT 613

Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo
03/12/2013

Experiential History of Graphic Design's cover photo

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