A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Introduction

When I was studying for my Design & Technology A Level I was constantly irritated by the lack of, or rather lack of coordination of, resources on the internet regarding design movements.

After hours of my life were spent trying to understand definitions and timelines and themes I eventually formed my own documents for reference, the summaries and useful highlights of the mess of the internet.

I am perfectly aware that these things are never 100% well-defined, designers and artists always able to argue over grey areas and explore alternative perspectives on everything but I don’t think any of them realise how difficult it is for a newcomer to all of this to even know where to begin.

So, when I recently rediscovered my old notes and folders, I decided that I was going to share it all on here in the hope that one day it may prove useful to other overwhelmed and bewildered design students out there.

These posts are supposed to be brief. I do believe you should do a little bit of your own research, and look at all the images and products and designers to truly appreciate the patterns, the common features and approaches that make up the movements. I have listed key points, suggested key designers and provided a visual case study at the end of every page.

I hope someone, somewhere finds this useful!

NOTE: I will be uploading this in a series of posts which I will link to each other for navigation. I have listed the titles below but please be patient as I haven’t finished writing them all yet!

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Overview

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Arts & Crafts

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements -Art Nouveau

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Art Deco

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements -Deutsche Werkbund

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Streamlining

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Bauhaus

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Modernism

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Post Modernism

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Memphis

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Blobism

A Very Brief Guide To Design Movements – Makers & Frugal Innovation …?

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