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I'm reasonably familiar with design trends and movements of architecture and, to a lesser extent, art; and i've been interested that many of the asthetic considerations and philosophies loosly lumped as 'modernism' in those fields are often branded 'minimalism' when it comes to graphic design. I also find it interesting, that i don't hear of many other graphic design trends, even though they must surely be documented.

Hence the question: What are the major design trends in graphic design history?

An ideal answer to this question would be a short overview of graphic design history and the major trends in design up to this point, a bit of speculation as to the direction the current design asthetic is heading, as well as resources to find out more.

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This is not a question one is going to be able to answer in a stackoverflow format. There's dozens if not hundreds of books on the subject at Amazon. Anything by Steve Heller I'd recommend. –  DA01 Feb 14 '11 at 2:39
    
Perhaps the question should be rewritten to ask for book recommendations? –  e100 Feb 14 '11 at 9:49
    
I guess a list of trends would fit an answer, but I agree it is broad in scope and slightly argumentative. Maybe a community wiki question? –  Eric Bréchemier Feb 14 '11 at 10:17
    
See my rational for this question here meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/96/… –  JamesHenare Feb 14 '11 at 19:59
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Community wiki would help, and I can appreciate the intent here, but I have to agree with DA01 that this is just too much for the SE format. It seems like what is being asked is an essay paper of sorts. I've always felt the SE format was about clear answers to well-defined questions, unless a site, like Programmers, expects subjective content. –  Philip Regan Feb 19 '11 at 14:40

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Not the answer you're looking for but a great resource: There's a website called Design Is History which traces design trends and notable designers or all disciplines from the early days of typesetting up to the present.

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