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Graphic design is not merely known for its creative element, but also acclaimed for its trait of being an attractive and enjoyable field. Undoubtedly, when we talk about the graphic design world, there are lots of fun facts to be heard. While some stories are heard more often, some still remain unknown to many people. While running a casual research on the history and origins of graphic design, reading about the famous graphic designers and their lives, I found that right from the genesis, graphic design has been one complicated field.

Here are 15 of the most interesting graphic design facts I’ve come across recently:

 
 
1. Amazingly the first recognized visual communication supported with pictograms and symbols was found between 15,000 – 10,000 BC, in the Lascaux caves in southern France
 
2. Claude Garamond, the publisher and legendary type designer after whom Garamond font was named died of poverty at age 81.
 

3. Peretz Rosenbaum was the brainchild behind the IBM logo, the old UPS logo, and many other corporate identities? Don’t be surprised…Peretz Rosenbaum is just the birthname of Paul Rand.

 

4. The famous “Uncle Sam” recruitment poster “I Want YOU for the U.S. Army”, designed by James Montgomery Flagg, was actually an inspirational version of the British poster by Alfred Leete.

 
 
 

5. The “Michelin man” appearing in the Michelin logo design is originally named “Monsieur Bibendum”. He also featured as the hero in the Oscar winning movie, “Logorama”.

 

6. The first website of the internet was “http://info.cern.ch/” launched in 1992 by Tim Berners-Lee. It is still active.

 
7. Georgia typeface designed by Matthew Carter, was named after a tabloid headline reading “Alien heads found in Georgia.”
 
8. Remember the famous NBA logo? I’m afraid it’s not Michael Jordon you see in the depiction. Jerry West is the player depicted in the logo design.
 
 
9. The boy silhouetted in the logo design of Hollywood studio Dreamworks SKG is William, the son of Robert Hunt (the illustrator hired for the design).
 
10. The typeface Avant Garde was created by Herb Lubalin out of necessity, due to the incompatibility of the letterforms in the title of Avant Garde magazine.
 

11. The Designers Republic (now defunct) was appointed to design the entire in-game artwork, cover and guide for “The Wipeout” video game series.

 
12. The Coca-Cola logo design was not made from a typeface but was originally prepared using a handwriting style, now known as Spencerian Script.
 
13. The Great Seal of the United States was designed in the 1770’s by Charles Thomson (former secretary of congress)
 
14. The font “Sans-serif” had several names in the past. Some of which are Egyptian, Antique, Grotesque, Doric, Heiti, Lineale, and Simplices.
 
15. John Callcott Horsley designed the first Christmas card in 1843. But it was originally commissioned as the world’s first commercial Christmas card by Sir Henry Cole.
 
The fun does not end here as I’m sure there are plenty of more interesting findings out there. If you have come across any fascinating facts about the graphic design world, do share them with us.

 
 
 

Author Charlie B. Johnson

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  1. starr On April 30th, 2010 at 8:56 am
    1

    :) These are great. Good reading for a bored and wet Friday afternoon here.

  1. kimb On April 30th, 2010 at 10:31 am
    2

    10… It’s actually Herb Lubalin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_Lubalin)

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  1. J.M. Waters On April 30th, 2010 at 10:17 pm
    4

    Good stuff. #4 proves you do learn something new every day. Keep up the great work.

    J.M. Waters
    Graphic Designer

  1. Atif On May 1st, 2010 at 8:16 am
    5

    Very Interesting post. Today I know about the first internet site name. Thanks :)

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  1. Shamima Sultana On May 3rd, 2010 at 2:14 am
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    This is really a interesting blog…
    Thanks for sharing this

  1. Christopher Nowlan On May 3rd, 2010 at 2:54 am
    8

    Some very interesting facts about graphic design, and have learn sumthin i didnt know before,
    Keep it up

  1. Ben Stokes - Web design Shropshire On May 3rd, 2010 at 4:12 pm
    9

    Nice bit of history there – Visual communication since 15,000 – 10,000 BC. Thanks for the info.

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  1. Rachel On May 4th, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    11

    really interesting…thanks for sharing…

  1. damon bibby On May 5th, 2010 at 9:32 am
    12

    thanks for the info…thinking bout going into the field

  1. 509 Media On May 5th, 2010 at 10:34 am
    13

    Awesome post. Cool to see where the NBA logo came from.

    Dan

  1. Thelma Johnson On May 5th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    14

    Hi,
    I really like the way you put the pictures in the center of the page of the blog. I also like the facts you gave about how different art designs came about.

  1. Derrick Workman On May 5th, 2010 at 5:19 pm
    15

    Great facts although I do wish it was Michael Jordan for the NBA logo!

  1. Luis Clark On May 7th, 2010 at 7:07 am
    16

    Very nice post.Thanks for sharing I really had a great time reading this article .More power and just keep going !

  1. Mark On May 7th, 2010 at 2:11 pm
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    Jerry West! WVU Represent!!! MJ is a global icon so he doesn’t need the NBA logo.

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  1. Jennifer Johnson On May 17th, 2010 at 6:15 am
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    there so much interesting facts in this blog bout graphic designing i being a g.desinger like it a lot as i believe graphic designing On the whole web design is the ability of designing and graphical manifestation of content which is conveyed to a user through the World Wide Web so, to be a good designer all you need is to be creative that is just a mental process involving the generation of new and innovative ideas and multi use of a simple tool. The more you can play with tool the more u can provide a inspiring result.

  1. itsme On September 9th, 2010 at 5:14 pm
    20

    nice article.

    you can’t die of poverty though ;) (#2)

  1. Jack On October 12th, 2010 at 1:31 pm
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    Toblerone logo designed the way that the whitespace creates a bear silhouette. I bet you won’t find it at first.

  1. Kristin On February 8th, 2011 at 11:05 am
    22

    Enjoyed the read…some fascinating design facts! I feel like #7 is something I would do. haha

  1. Rachael On February 9th, 2011 at 5:30 am
    23

    Great facts. :)

    - Jack… I’ve never noticed the bear in the Toblerone logo before. `just had a look – found it!

  1. Salman metobo On February 12th, 2011 at 2:50 am
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    Honestly these are quite interesting to read and for some reason they make graphic design sound more intriguing.i agree with jeniffer that the world of design spins on creativity.i usually say:need may be the mother of invention,creativity is the father!thanks again for a great post,it identifies with what am doing on my blog too.

  1. Laure On January 10th, 2012 at 6:24 pm
    25

    Great inspiration! Thanks!
    I love France and Design even more :)

  1. Xayn On January 14th, 2012 at 2:18 am
    26

    Awsome post.. now finally m decided that m gonna join designing field..

  1. Fun Facts On January 20th, 2012 at 12:01 pm
    27

    Great facts here, I like the one about coca-cola, find it rather interesting.
    Thanks for sharing!

  1. Fidens1 On February 27th, 2012 at 7:22 am
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    I don’t think #2 is correct. You can’t die of poverty. You can die of starvation because you can’t afford food, but you can’t die of poverty.

  1. Glen Barry On February 27th, 2012 at 7:51 am
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    Alan Siegel (Siegel+Gale) designed the NBA logo and one of he’s famous players was West. Enduring logo’s (brand identities) are updated every 5 years or less in today’s constantly evolving world we live. Hats off to Alan. Legend,

  1. Charlie B. Johnson On February 28th, 2012 at 1:07 am
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    @Fidens1…If I’m not mistaken, Poverty LEADS to Starvation :)

    @Glen Barry…Thanks for the interesting info mate! :)

  1. PartyPandaPlayer On April 12th, 2012 at 6:14 pm
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    lol heehee:)

  1. hitesh patel On December 9th, 2012 at 6:51 am
    32

    very nice post…like the facts of uncle sam and first internet website


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