Course detail

History of Design 2 - summer

FaVU-DEDE2-LAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course focuses on the history of graphic and industrial design from the World War II to present days. It deals mainly with the image or product which is multiplied in a mechanized way. It also focuses on the solitary creation and the overlaps of applied and free art to the period after the World War II. It refers to the prototype of designer activities in the traditional disciplines of handicraft and applied arts. It also refers to the origin of the designer´s profession during the first industrial revolution and to its further transformations.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

History of Design I.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Exam conditions: passed written test based on explained topics, minimum reslut 80%.
Lectures are optional.


To obtain historic-theoretical background which can be used during the solution of practical tasks.
Basic knowledge of developmental tendencies in the areas of industrial and graphic design and of their major issues and personalities.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Basic literature

Sparke, P.: Století designu
Meggs, P.B.: Meggs' History of Graphic Design
Knobloch I., - Vondráček R.: Design v českých zemích 1900-2000: Instituce moderního designu (CS)
Kolesár, Z.: Kapitoly z dějin designu (CS)
Kolesár, Z.: Kapitoly z dejín grafického dizajnu (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, elective

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Psychedelic wave in applied graphics in the 1960s.
2.-3. Start of postmodernism in the 1970s. Alchimia, Memphis and E. Sottsasse.
4. Post-punk applied graphics, Neville Brody.
5.-6. Postmodernism of the 1980s.
7. High-tech 1970s-1990s.
8. Wolfgang Weingart and Californian "new wave"
9. Computers in graphic design.
10. David Carson and "end of print".
11. Convergence of modernism and postmodernism in the 1990s.
12. Prognosis of further development in the area of design.