What is Graphic Design?
Graphic design, also known as communication design, is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. The form of the communication can be physical or virtual, and may include images, words, or graphic forms. The experience can take place in an instant or over a long period of time. The work can happen at any scale, from the design of a single postage stamp to a national postal signage system, or from a company’s digital avatar to the sprawling and interlinked digital and physical content of an international newspaper. It can also be for any purpose, whether commercial, educational, cultural, or political.
Ladies Safety Bicycle by Otto Lueger, 1904. Public Domain.
The "Keep Calm and Carry On" graphic has a history! It was created to be used in times of crisis during WWI, but was lost and later found in a basement. To learn more, watch this video shared on Youtube by Barter Books. Or, you can read all about it from the Gov.UK blog.
Poster image via Wikimedia Commons