A surprisingly fun subject

Do you have a subject that you didn’t realize you would like?  I have one and it’s called Design History.  While still in college, we had to take a Fine Arts course with limited subjects.  Well, none of the listed subjects looked that interesting to me, so I just went with my gut and chose History of Modern Design.  It sounded the most interesting of the bunch.

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Boy, was I surprised that I loved it.

From the Arts & Crafts Movement, to Graphic Design the Digital Age, there was just so much stuff out there that I had never known about (or even cared about) before.  A few of my favorite subjects was the beautifully designed furniture during the Arts & Crafts Movement.  The detail and materials that were used during this time period were astounding and made with great care.  An example of this laborious process is a desk chair from Charles Rohlfs.

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Another subject that peaked that my interest was Modernism, which took place during the late 19th and early 20th century.  Futurism, De Stijl, Constructivism, The Bauhaus, to name a few, all took place during this time period.  Bauhaus, one of the most known of the bunch, didn’t interest me that much.  It was Constructivism and De Stijl that intrigued me that most.  The works of El Lissitzky and Vladimir Tatlin stood out to me as influential art pieces of the Constructivism period.

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Many of the other movements during the past few hundred years were interesting, but these were the ones that stood out to me, with the latter captivating me with its shapes, colors and meaning behind the message that the artists were trying to make clear to the world at that time period.

So that is the short story about how the History of Modern Design became one of my favorite subjects and opened my mind up to a world that I never paid attention to before.

Do you have a favorite design period?  Let me know in the comments!

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Ashley Welton View All →

Freelance Graphic Designer based in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. I enjoy creating digital art, illustrations and photography. I also enjoy hiking, birding, cooking, reading, traveling and a nice bourbon or two.

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