What would a graphic design sound like? Or smell like? Or taste like? Or feel like? Or move like?

Synesthesia is the condition where one physical sensation evokes another; it is often described as hearing color or tasting shapes. Choose a historical graphic design that is representative of a style or movement (such as Art Nouveau, Swiss style, psychedelic, etc.) and translate its visual characteristics and principles into another sense (sound, movement, taste, smell, or touch). Include a paragraph explaining how the visual qualities of the style or movement are expressed in another sense.

Here’s something to inspire you (click on the link):

Fortunato Depero, Simultaineita' Giroplastiche, 1914
Fortunato Depero, Simultaineita’ Giroplastiche, 1914

How has historical graphic design influenced later design?

First, show a typical example of an influential historical design or style. Then, show an example that is inspired by the first example (it can even be your own work). Include an explanation of how and why the later design is inspired by the earlier design.

Here’s an example (visuals only) to inspire you:

Hans Neuburg, Konstruktive Grafik poster, 1958
Hans Neuburg, Konstruktive Grafik poster, 1958
Mike Joyce (Swissted), Killing Joke poster, 1982
Mike Joyce (Swissted), Killing Joke poster, 1982

Which historical designer would you most like to interview?

“Interview” a graphic designer from the past about one of their projects, getting the facts about the commission, noting the project’s restrictions and requirements, as well as the designer’s intentions, viewpoint, and thoughts on their product. The interview should be approximately 750 words (in Q & A format) and include relevant images.

Here’s an inspiration:

Miguel Covarrubias, "Impossible Interview: Stalin Versus Schiaparelli," June, 1936
Miguel Covarrubias, “Impossible Interview: Stalin Versus Schiaparelli,” June, 1936

Can you summarize a historical period in a six-word design?

Choose an era (such as the Victorian period, WWII, the 1960s, etc.) and summarize it in six meaningful words whose design accurately evokes the era.

Here’s your inspiration:

Arthur C. Clarke told this anecdote about his friend, the famous short-story author Ernest Hemingway.  Hemingway was bet $10 that he could not write a story in only six words. This is what Hemingway wrote: