GRDSN 109: History of Design
Greg Stiles, Instructor
Office: Applied Visual Arts- Bldg. 19, Rm. 229
Mailing Address: MS 3190
3410 W Fort George Wright Dr
Spokane, WA 99224-5288
A minimum Reading Compass score of 80 or Reading Asset score of 40.
GRDSN 101, 102, 103 and 104 or permission of instructor
This course focuses on major design movements as they relate to visual communication. Beginning with the invention of writing and continuing to present day key ideas, social/political/cultural developments and technologies are examined. Through observations and comparisons the course illustrates the relationships between various design disciplines. This course requires reading, research, writing and presentation of exploring visual communications role in society and popular culture.
History of Graphic Design: Phillip Meggs (4th Edition)
Activities include but are not limited to:
Lectures, exercises, research, and exams. Weekly blog exercises / questions are due every Thursday. Exercises are graded on a "complete" or "incomplete" basis. All exercises must be completed to receive a final grade for the quarter. There will be a quiz each week on the reading and lecture material. At the completion of this course, students will be able to identify historical influences and apply meaning to various contemporary design disciplines.
- Week One: Program Overview and Chapters 1, 2 (Quiz 10 points)
- Week Two: Chapters 3, 4 (Quiz 10 points )
- Week Three: Chapters 5, 6 (Quiz 10 points)
- Week Four: Chapters 7, 8 (Quiz 10 points)
- Week Five: Chapter 9 (Large) (Quiz 10 points)
- Week Six: Chapters 11,13 (Quiz 10 points)
- Week Seven: Chapters 14,15 (Quiz 10 points) (Oct 31 - Nov 4)
- Week Eight: Chapters 16, 18 (Quiz 10 points) (Nov 7 - 11)
- Week Nine: Chapters 19, 20 (Quiz 10 points) (Nov 14 - 18)
- Week Ten: Chapter 23, 24 (Quiz 10 points) (Nov 28 - Dec 2)
Chapters we will not be able to cover: 10, 12, 17, 21, 22.
There are 10 quizzes. Each quiz is worth 10 points.
Total Points Achievable = 100 points
4.0 = 100-90 points
3.0 = 89-80 points
2.0 = 79-70 points
1.0 = 69-60 points
0.0 = 59 and below
Attendance: Attendance is critical to your success. Quiz questions will come from the textbook and the lectures.
Be prepared: Read and study the chapters. Participate in class discussions.
Communication: Email is required for this course. If you do not have an email account at home, you can sign up for free email and access it in the CBE Lab at:
You may access your email using the lab, however please do not use the lab for "chat" or general web surfing
Note: This course syllabus is only for the quarter listed above and appropriate changes may be made by the faculty. Also, future syllabi for this course may be different.