James Montgomery Flagg designs famous “I Want YOU for the U.S. Army” poster. The poster, a self-portrait, was actually an American version of a British poster by Alfred Leete.
The Bauhaus, a German school, is founded, eventually providing the framework for modern design.
Stanley Morison oversees design of Times New Roman font, commissioned by the Times of London.
First issue of Print Magazine printed.
Paul Rand designs IBM logo using City Medium typeface.
Max Miedinger designs Neue Haas Grotesk font, later renamed Helvetica.
First issue of Communication Arts printed.
Douglas Engelbart develops first computer mouse, setting the stage for the future tool of graphic design.
Apple releases first Macintosh computer, featuring bitmap graphics.
Aldus, formed by Paul Brainerd, develops PageMaker software. Brainerd coins the phrase “desktop publishing.” In the same year, New York firm Manhattan Design creates the MTV logo.
Photoshop version one released, and physicist Tim Berners-Lee develops the world wide web, along with HTML and the concept of website addresses.
Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis. “Meggs’ History of Graphic Design.” Fourth Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2006.