Field Journal #1

Posted: September 29, 2010 in Uncategorized


Looking through the images shown in Megg’s History of Graphic Design sparked many emotions for me. One was fascination, another was somewhat of nostalgia, and another was motivation.

The first images of the early alphabets and early words used to communicate are fascinating. To think, we just learn the alphabet as children, and then learn our language, but someone actually had to CREATE it and that is absolutely fascinating and seems impossible to me. The images of early writings were amazing to see. How could someone come up with symbols like the Greek Alphabet, Draw them out, and then Name them? I tell you it blows my mind.


Here is an image from the web that I liked. It’s the Greek Alphabet. Wiki states that It is the first and oldest alphabet in the narrow sense that it notes each vowel and consonant with a separate symbol. It is as such in continuous use to this day (Source:

When viewing images such as the Chinese language, which is so beautiful in itself, I found myself longing to be there. I wanted to see how they created each word and each drawing. A part of me wishes I could be a part of another culture in another country sometimes, to see things from their eyes. The Chinese language is a beautiful one, and the images show it. Here is one pictogram type image of the word “heaven” in Chinese. (source:

The last thing that the images evoked for me was motivation. In chapter 24 it shows the Pioneers of Graphic Design. such as April Greiman and Zuzana Licko motivate me to continue to cReAtE! in my own way! I love graphic design, and though I am not an expert, I love to create.  Here is the last image I picked, also depicted in the book, done by April Greiman in 1987 (23 years ago).


History of Graphic Design

Posted: September 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

This is my first post, but is not a field journal just yet.
I’m taking History of Graphic Design with Professor Manske at Foothill College right now and pretty excited about it.

Chinese is composed entirely of pictograms, a system of writing used by more than any other in the world. (About 1 billion Chinese speakers compared to 350 million English speakers). To be literate in Chinese requires knowledge of several thousand of the over 80,000 Chinese pictograms — although about 3,500 are most commonly used. The pictogram above is Chinese for world peace.

This came from a cool website which gives an overview of the History of Graphic Design called

That’s all I got for now!

Check back later!