History and Importance of Graphic Design

Graphic Design

A warm welcome to all our cool readers out there, this is WaterCore Design third article into Graphic Design category. In this article we are elaborating on the History of Graphic Design with Importance of Graphic Designing. Graphic Designing is a traditional art, which can be related with ancient typography & designing art work. History of Graphic Design includes everything that relates to creation of signs, charts, logos, graphs, drawings, line art, symbols, geometric designs so on and so forth.


It was first used in printing industry between the 7th and 9th century AD, wood blocks were cut to print on textiles and later to reproduce Buddhist texts. Meanwhile, According to the Wikipedia “Hundreds of graphic designs of animals by the primitive people in the Chauvet Cave, in the south of France, which were drawn earlier than 30,000 BC, as well as similar designs in the Lascaux cave of France that were drawn earlier than 14,000 BC, or the designs of the primitive hunters in the Bhimbetka rock shelters in India that were drawn earlier than 7,000 BC, and the Aboriginal Rock Art, in the Kakadu National Park of Australia, and many other rock or cave paintings in other parts of the world show that graphics have a very long history which is shared among humanity. This history together with the history of writing which was emerged in 3000-4000 BC are at the foundation of the Graphic Art.”

According to many reliable sources Graphic Designing is an art, originated through cave paintings around 40,000 years ago.


  • Rock and Cave art
  • Writing
  • Use in Books
  • The Ramayana or The Qur’an
  • Calligraphy
  • Byzantine art
  • Miniatures
  • Asian paintings: China, Japan, and Vietnam
  • Pottery
  • Indigenous graphic art of the Americas
  • Mayan and Aztec art
  • African art
  • Communication
  • Digital Graphic Designing
  • Advertising & Computer Animation
  • Emergence of Graphic Design

It was around 19th century, when the United Kingdom (Europe) separated Graphic Design from Fine Art by releasing first official publication of a printed design. In late 19th century,
Kelmscott Press (William Morris) introduced some of the most significant printed books which played a major role in Arts & Craft Movement and he made a very lucrative business
of creating books of great stylistic refinement and selling them to the public. In a nutshell, Morris created a ground for aspiring individuals to earn living through Graphic Design skills by using their own imagination and creativity.


Importance of Graphic Design is valuable in modernist conception of designs like as Printing, Advertising & Marketing etc. Digital Technologies rely on GRAPHIC DESIGN art work because of it’s visual creativity & mesmerising outlooks. Graphic Design plays an important role in marketing and can turn any business into a Brand, Graphic design is also applied to layout and formatting of educational material to make the information more accessible and legible. Graphic design is also applied in Entertainment Industry like as decoration, scenery & visual story telling. Importance of Graphic design in entertainment purposes include novels, comic books, tshirts design, DVD covers, opening-closing in filmmaking. And, many more.


Graphic Designing plays an important role in transformation of a brand, it is a perfect combination of colors, typography, images and placement. It’s also one of the most respectable and in demand talents in the World, you don’t need deep pockets to become a graphic designer.. All you need is just a thoughtful version of yourself. Keep looking around, an idea just flew away!

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