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Neolithic Period
Sumerians settle in Mesoptamia
Land contracts in cuneiform
Copper Tools & Weapons Used
Bronze in general use
Temple of Ramses at Thebes
King Tutankamon
Iron in wide use
753 Rome founded
Tower of Babel
551 Confucious Born
Julius Caesar assassinated
Roman Colosseum completed
Rome adopts Christianity
Visigoths sack Rome
Medieval Period
Birth of Mohammad
Beowulf written
Charlemage emperor
Gun powder used in China
Battle of Hastings
Compass invented
Magna Carta signed
Marco Polo travels to China
Bubonic plague in Europe
Joan of Arc burned at the stake
Columbus discovers new world
Mona Lisa painted
Sistine Chapel completed
Luther prints German Bible
Drake sees Pacific from Panama
Romeo & Juliet published
Telescope invented
Descartes' analytical geometry
Great Fire of London
Milton's Paradise Lost
Peter the Great Czar
Americans protest slavery
Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Industrial Revolution
Declaration of Independance
Washington 1st US President
Library of Congress formed
Webster's Dictionary
Hieroglyphics deciphered
Braille invented
1st Electric Motor
England seizes Hong Kong
US Civil War
Lincoln Assassinated
Telephone invented
Electric Lamp
Statue of Liberty
1st Gasoline Motor Car
Lumiére Bros' 1st Film
Radium discovered
Wright Brothers 1st Flight
Einsteins theory of relativity
1st production car
1st Colour Process
World War One
Women win right to vote US
AT&T 1st National Radio network
Linbergh 1st solo flight
US Stock market crash
Empire State Building opened
World War Two 1939–45
Pearl Harbour Bombed 1941
Gandhi Assasinated
1st Trans atlantic telephone cable
Sputnik 1 launched
MLK "I have a dream speech"
Marilyn Monroe dies
JFK Assassinated
MLK Assassinated
Concorde 1st commercial flight
USA Boycotts Moscow Olympics
MTV broadcasts "Video Killed the Radio Star"
1981 IBM introduces 1st personnal computer
AIDS Virus Identified
1984 USSR Boycotts Los Angeles Olympics
Challenger Explodes
Hurricane Andrew
911 Attack on World Trade Center
2011 Osama Bin Laden dies
Japan Earthquake
2015 Refugee Crisis Roils Europe
1500 BC Ras Shamra Script
1702 CE First Book designed using Romain du Roi
1722 CE First Caslon Oldstyle Typeface
1737 CE Fournier le Jeune standardizes type sizes
1757 CE Baskerville Typeface designed
1764 CE Manual Typigraphique first published
2800 BC Sumerian scribes turn pictographic writing on its side
2010 The Arrival of Webfonts
1750 BC Law Code of Hammurabi
1500 BC Hieratic script
1300 BC Book of the Dead
1557 CE Civilite Typeface
1570 CE Canon D'Espagne, Plantin Office
1609 CE German Newspapers widespread
1621 CE First English Newspaper
1692 CE Romain du Roi Typeface
1000 BC Bronze Script Writing
1495 CE Griffo designs Bembo
1501 CE Griffo designs Italic style typeface
1514 CE Scoensperger Designs Fraktur
1530 CE Garamond establishes independent type foundry
1523 CE Garamond typeface designed
1000 BC Early Greek Alphabet
1450 CE Movable type spreads in Germany
1455 CE 42 Line Bible Completed
1450 CE Copperplate engraving in use in Europe
1467 CE First Roman style type
1470 CE Jensen's Roman Typeface
400 BC Demotic Script in use
197 BC Rosetta Stone
1400 CE Woodblock printing in Europe
1440 CE Guttenberg perfects typographic printing
250 BC "Small Seal" Caligraphy
190 BC Parchment used for manuscripts
105 Ts'ai Lun invents paper
114 CE Trajan's Column constructed
770 CE Early Chinese Relief printing
781 CE Carolingian Minuscule
868 CE Earliest Printed Manuscript
800 CE Book of Kells
1040 CE Chinese invent movable type
200 CE Codex form of the Book
200–500 CE Roman Square and Rustic Capitals
394 CE Last hieroglyphic inscription
500 CE Uncial Lettering
600 CE Insular Script
3100 BC King Zet's ivory tablet
2900 BC Early cylinder seals
1400 BC Papyrus of Ani
15,000-10,000 BC Cave paintings, Lascaux
300 CE Chops used as identifying seals (Chinese)
1780 CE Bodoni Typeface designed
1765 CE 12 Line Pica Type
1784 CE Didot Typeface Designed
1771 CE Nouvelle Typographie
1796 CE Fry's Ornamented
1800 CE Walbaum Typeface designed
1803 CE Thome, 1st Fat Face type
1814 CE Steam powered press
1815 CE Antique, 1st Egyptian Typeface
1816 CE First Sans Serif Typeface
1822 CE Joseph Niépce
1827 CE Wood display type
1830 CE 2-line Great Primer Sans
1834 CE Pantograph Driven Router
1839 CE Daguerre announces his photographic process
1840 CE Lithography to America
1845 CE 1st Clarendon Typeface
1850-60s Woodtype posters dominate
1866 Ihlenburg joins Philadelphia foundry as type designer
1865 CE French Antique (Playbill)
1875 CE 1st French photographic printing plates
1886 CE Linotype Machine Invented
1898 Akzidenz Grotesk Designed
1895 Goudy’s Camelot Typeface
1896 Cheltenham Designed
1900 Behrens, First Book set in Sans serif
1892 American Typefounders
1901 Copperplate Gothic
1904 Franklin Gothic Designed
1908 News Gothic Designed
1910-15 Hobo Designed
1914 Souvenir Typeface Designed
1915 Century Schoolbook Designed
1916 Goudy Oldstyle Typeface
1916 Centaur Typeface
1916 Railway Type Designed
1918 Apollinaire Calligrammes published
1919 Cooper Oldstyle Typeface
1923 Neuland Typeface
1925 Universal alphabet font created
1927 Futura Designed
1928 American modernist typography
1928 Kabel Typeface
1928–30 Gill Sans Designed
1929 Broadway Typeface
1930 Joanna Typeface
1931 Eric Gill Essay on Typography
1931 Stymie Typeface
1932 Times Roman
1937 Peignot Typeface
1948 Trade Gothic Typeface
1950 Experimenta Typographica
1950 Brush Typeface
1950 Palatino Typeface
1952 Melior Typeface
1953 Mistral Designed
1955 Egyptienne Typeface
1957 Haas Grotesque (Helvetica) Designed
1957 Meriden Typeface
1957 Univers Typeface Designed
1962–66 Antique Olive
1962 Eurostile Typeface
1964 Sabon Typeface
1964 Massin designs the Bald Soprano
1965 Snell Roundhand Typeface
1967 Typography: A Manual of Design
1968 Syntax Designed
1967 Avant Garde Gothic
1966 Serifa Designed
1970 Machine Typeface
1970 International Typeface Corporation (ITC)
1974 American Typewriter
1974 ITC Tiffany
1974 Lubalin Graph
1975 Tony Stan designs Typefaces for ITC
1975 Igarashi, isometric alphabet
1975 William Kuntz typographic Interpretations
1978 Benguiat Designed
1978 Bell Centennial
1978 Galliard Designed
1979 Glypha
1981 Barcelonia
1982 Versailles Designed
1984 Macintosh Computer
1984 Macintosh Screen Fonts
1985 300 DPI Laser Printer
1987 Charter Designed
1987 Stone Fonts
1987 Charlemagne Designed
1980 Novarese Designed
1989 Adobe Garamond Typeface
1989 Trajan Designed
1988 Rotis Designed
1990 Adobe Caslon
1990 Arcadia
1990 Dead History
1990 ITC Officina
1991 ErikrightHand
1991 Print Designed
1992 Minion Multiple Master Typeface
1992 Poetica Designed
1993 Fella Parts
1994 Exocet Designed
1994 Penal Code Typeface
1995 Jesus Loves You
1995 Walker Font
1995 HTF Fetish No. 126
1996 Univers Revolved
1989 HTC Foundry
2000 Gotham Typeface Created
1996 OpenType
1988 Apple Computers TrueType
1991 Postscript language created
1986 Fontographer
1982 Adobe Computer Software
2005 Adobe purhcases Macromedia
1992 Macromedia
1995 FutureSplash Animator
3100 BC Early Sumerian pictographs
2007 CE iPhone arrives
1997 CE CSS Level 1
1998 CE CSS Level 2
1998 CE HTML 4
2010 CE HTML 5
2009 CE New Railway Typeface
2007 CE Helvetica Movie
2005 CE Guardian Egyptian Typeface
2005 CE Mega Families in wide use
2007 CE Typography Lesson
1999 Cholla Typeface
1992 The Chank font company
2004 Klavika™ Typeface
2005 Proxima Nova Typeface
2005 PF Din Text
2008 Museo Typeface
2004 Minuscule Typeface
2000 Warnock Pro
1561 CE Claude Garamond Dies
2012 Cubano Typeface Created
1999-2000 Dispatch Typeface designed
2007 Alte Haas Grotesque
1997 Conduit Typeface designed
2008 Heroic Typeface Designed
2013 Flash integrates HTML5
2013 Flash integrates HTML5
2012 Adobe Introduces Subscription Model
2011 Adobe Acquires Typekit
2010 Google Fonts
2015 Alphabettes
2014 World's biggest typeface lawsuit
2015 Cloud Typography Streaming
2016 Monotype Library Subscription Service
2015 CSS 3 Adopted
2017 First Parametric font
2017 Variable Font Introduced

Art Deco 1920–1930

Art deco, is an eclectic artistic and design style that began in Paris in the 1920s and flourished internationally throughout the 1930s and into the World War II era.
The style influenced all areas of design, including architecture and interior design, industrial design, fashion and jewelry, as well as the visual arts such as painting, graphic arts and film.

The term "art deco" was coined in 1966, after an exhibition in Paris, 'Les Années 25' sub-titled Art Deco, celebrating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts) that was the culmination of style moderne in Paris. At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity. Art deco's linear symmetry was a distinct departure from the flowing asymmetrical organic curves of its predecessor style art nouveau; it embraced influences from many different styles of the early twentieth century, including neoclassical, constructivism, cubism, modernism and futurism and drew inspiration from ancient Egyptian and Aztec forms.

Art Deco

Art Nouveau 1890-1910

Art Nouveau is an international philosophy and style of art, architecture and applied art—especially the decorative arts—that were most popular during 1890–1910.

The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it was inspired by natural forms and structures, not only in flowers and plants but also in curved lines.

Art Nouveau

Neoclassical 1700-1800

Neoclassicism is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the "classical" art and culture of Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome.

The main Neoclassical movement coincided with the 18th century Age of Enlightenment, and continued into the early 19th century


Dada 1916-1922

Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zurich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922. "Dada was born out of negative reaction to the horrors of World War I. This international movement was begun by a group of artists and poets associated with the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich. Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition. The name 'Dada' was reputedly arrived at during a meeting of the group when a paper knife stuck into a French-German dictionary happened to point to 'dada', a French word for 'hobbyhorse."


Bauhaus 1919-1933

The Bauhaus school was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. In spite of its name, and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during the first years of its existence. Nonetheless it was founded with the idea of creating a 'total' work of art in which all arts, including architecture would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design.

The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.


Futurism 1909-1916

Futurism was an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. It emphasized and glorified themes associated with contemporary concepts of the future, including speed, technology, youth and violence, and objects such as the car, the airplane and the industrial city.


Impressionism 1870-1886

Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement that originated with a group of Paris-based artists. Named after a painting by Claude Monet "impression, sunrise", the movement focused on nature and focused on brush strokes rather than lines and contours.


Renaissance 1300 CE – 1602 CE

The Renaissance was a period in European history, from the 14th to the 17th century, regarded as the cultural bridge between the Middle Ages and modern history. It started as a cultural movement in Italy in the Late Medieval period and later spread to the rest of Europe, marking the beginning of the Early Modern Age.


Baroque 1600 - 1730

The Baroque is often thought of as a period of artistic style which used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, theatre, and music. The style began around 1600 in Rome and Italy, and spread to most of Europe


Romanticism 1790 - 1880

Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical.


Fauvism 1904 - 1909

Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a loose group of early twentieth-century modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism


Surrealism 1920

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality".


Abstract Expressionism 1940

Abstract Expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s.[1] It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris.

Abstract Expressionism

International Typographic Style 1950

The International Typographic Style, also known as the Swiss Style, is a graphic design style that emerged in Russia, the Netherlands and Germany in the 1920s, and was made famous as it was developed by designers in Switzerland during the 1950s

International Typographic Style

Psychedelic art 1960

Psychedelic art is any art or visual displays inspired by psychedelic experiences and hallucinations known to follow the ingestion of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and psilocybin.

Psychedelic art

Graffiti 1960

Graffiti (plural of graffito: "a graffito", but "these graffiti") are writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or painted illicitly on a wall or other surface, often within public view.


Postmodern art 1970

Postmodern art is a body of art movements that sought to contradict some aspects of modernism or some aspects that emerged or developed in its aftermath. In general, movements such as intermedia, installation art, conceptual art and multimedia, particularly involving video are described as postmodern.

Postmodern art

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