Tuesday, 7 June 2011



Some facts and figures you may not know about what we see in the world around us.

1. The term graphic design was first coined by the American book designer William Addison Dwiggins in 1922.

2. The average yearly income of graphic  designers was $45,340 in 2007, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. Before he became famous for his TV comedy work, the late Phil Hartman worked as a graphic designer. He created the logo for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

4. While there are numerous graduate programs in graphic design in the US, only three give PhDs: North Carolina State University, Carnegie Mellon University and Illinois Institute of Technology.

5. The Nike swoosh was designed by Portland State University student Carolyn Davidson in 1971. She was paid $35 dollars.

6. There are 40,000 students in four year and graduate design programs in the US; there are 1,000,000 in China. Source: AIGA and Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.

7. Designers have always been near the center of the civic experience. The US Constitution was written by the Committee on Style.

8. South Carolina beauty Queen Caitlin Upton had planned to attend Appalachian State University to study graphic design, but chose instead to focus on her modeling career.

9. Photoshop 1.0 was released in 1990 for Macintosh exclusively.

10. Until communication designers discovered and changed it recently, a law in Illinois prevented the use of lower case letters in candidates names on ballots

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