Contextual
Design Task 1: Essay

 Graphic Design
(Different forms of texts)

Since the beginning of time, man has always
found ways to leave messages behind in forms of texts or images and sometimes a
mixture of both.

Beginning form the Pre-historic period,
Cavemen used to tell stories and leave messages on walls using pictures of
people in forms of what is today known as stickmen. There are other multiple
pre-historic cave painting showing different stories.

(This cave drawing was found in the Chauvet
Caves in France. Considered to be one of the oldest since is ages back to
30,000 BC. The design shows a horde or pack of Lions hunting what is assumed to
be mammoths)

Skipping ahead to ancient Egypt, which is
considered to be the first greatest Civilizations to exist, it had shown an
abundance in multiple different fields of Design. From architecture to even
Burial chambers. But what sets them apart from their descendants is their form
of language that consists mainly of pictures and designs of different things
including insects, animals and human body parts.

(‘Stele of
Minnakht, chief of the scribes during the reign of Ay’)

Hieroglyphs was a sophisticated form of
language which was and is still considered an unchangeable system as it was
adapted and complicated for over 4000 years.

 

 

Lastly, going to the 3rd century, we see a
system that has gained a somewhat strange interest in today’s modern society. Futhark,
which today is known as the Runic Alphabet is a writing system that has an
uncertain origin. It was mainly used by the Germanic people of northern Europe,
Scandinavia, Iceland and even Britain for a time. Unlike the Egyptian
Hieroglyphs, Futhark has always been seen to have a mystical property which is
mainly because of its people. 

(A Large piece of stone inscribed with
Younger Futhark, Located in Norway)

The language was split in 2. Elder futhark
which was developed around 150 to 800 AD and Younger futhark witch was
developed later on and dubbed as the ‘Alphabet of the Norsemen’.