Abstract

This article explores the history of graphic design on television of the midcentury period. Modern graphic design played a major role in early television, both aesthetically and politically. Nevertheless, historians have for the most part neglected the relationships between design and the television image. After offering an overview of title art at the networks, the article focuses on “star” designers like Charles and Ray Eames, who worked on TV specials produced by major corporations. TV specials used graphic design to promote ideologies of progress through consumerism and to promote America itself as the center of progress for the “free world.” Finally, the article considers some of the countercultural trajectories of TV graphics during the 1960s.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2578-4919
Print ISSN
2578-4900
Pages
pp. 28-54
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-10
Open Access
No
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