22 comments

  • Beth RBeth R, almost 6 years ago

    It sure was! It wasn't my favourite at the time but I am glad that I learned about it.

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  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, almost 6 years ago

    No. But I've made it since I started getting into concept art a few years back.

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  • Arix KingArix King, almost 6 years ago

    Yep—I've taken Art History classes since high school. In college I've taken a couple surveys spanning the course of time and a few specific areas, such as Modern American Art and Methods and Theories of Art.

    I also just started reading Design for the Real World: Human Ecology & Social Change, which offers some really interesting historical input on the development of design—especially interesting since it's from the 80's.

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  • Sarah NewmanSarah Newman, almost 6 years ago

    Yep. Three broad art history survey classes, at least one additional deep dive art history, and one design history course that ranged from about arts & crafts movement to today. I remember you could elect to take an additional three or so deep dive art history classes in lieu of art studio electives like ceramics or printmaking, etc. and they would all count toward that same credit.

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    • Drew Albinson, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks for the response Sarah! And you've raised a whole different interesting question -- were studio electives part of the curriculum!

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      • Sarah NewmanSarah Newman, almost 6 years ago

        Sorry for my late reply- but yes, we had mandatory Art department credits (could be a high-level art history or an art studio class) along with our mandatory Design curriculum and Design studio classes (could range from Magazine/Publication to Illustration to Letterpress, etc.) This was at Auburn University, by the way. When I graduated they had just hired a new dean so it's possible that things have changed now, but this is how it was done when I went through the program.

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  • Jared KrauseJared Krause, almost 6 years ago

    Yes. I was required to take more Art History classes than actual Design classes.

    College.

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    • Drew Albinson, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks for the response Jared! I'm also interested in the relationship between art history vs. design history classes, but I think that deeper dive is for another time.

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  • Duane SmithDuane Smith, almost 6 years ago

    Yes – several courses. Art Appreciation (core curriculum requirement), Art History 1, 2, and 3 (art major requirements) as well as History of Graphic Design (design focus requirement). Nice survey, I'll share it with my designer friends.

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  • Laurens SpangenbergLaurens Spangenberg, almost 6 years ago

    Design (and some art) history is what I feel is one of the most important things I've learned so far, especially in UI design where we tend to live in a bubble. It taught me: the true potential of typography, which the web still hasn't taken full advantage of; how art and design intersect, how some countries form not just a series of brilliant designers but a complete culture of design, and how design/art trends/movements start and end.

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    • Drew Albinson, almost 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Laurens! I think there's value there too, and want to see how common it is to have that involved in design education.

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  • Drew Albinson, almost 6 years ago

    Please share with as many designers as you can. I'll share the results in a comment here and on twitter (@drewacreative). If the results are substantial I'll be doing a write-up as well.

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  • Drew Albinson, almost 6 years ago

    Thank you to the 278 of you who responded to the survey! I'm still taking responses and will make an updated post detailing the results soon. As of today the results are as follows:

    Total responses: 278

    Are you a graphic designer?

    • Yes: 96%
    • No: 4%

    Are you practicing as a designer?* - Yes, professionally: 86% - Yes, semi-professionally or part-time: 7% - Yes, non-professionally: 4% - Yes, as a student or educator: 9% - No, but I am a designer: 1% - No, I'm not a designer: 1%

    Have you been educated as a designer?* - Yes, some courses (any level): 1% - Yes, self-taught: 34% - Yes, some college/university: 11% - Yes, college/university: 55% - Yes, post-graduate: 1% - Yes, continuing education: 9% - Yes, relevant pre-college education: 6% - No, I haven't been educated in design at any capacity: 5% - No, I'm still not a designer: 0.4%Other : 1%

    If you were educated as a designer, did this education include any art or design history courses?* - Yes, and they were mandatory: 62% - Yes, but they were voluntary: 10% - Yes, and they were self-taught: 14% - No, I chose not to take any: 7% - No, they were not available: 10% - No, I'm still very much not a designer: 2% - Other: 2%

    How important is art or design history knowledge important to your practice as a designer? - Highly Unimportant: 3% - Unimportant: 7% - Unsure: 14% - Important: 44% - Highly Important: 32%

    *Multiple answers were accepted

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