Project Y12.3 – Timeline

Timeline – Seeing Design in the World!

The aim for each learner is to produce a visual presentation of 20th Century Design. This element is included in the examination element of the course

The art and design movements must also be related to key events in the 20th Century to put them into context and to see how they relate to the world at that time.

The timeline can produced in any media. You can employ the use of drawings, collage, photocopies and self-generated computer images and it needs to be as interesting and informative as possible.

• Students need to explain the essence of each movement, and what makes them special
• Having established some of the subjects for research, individuals could then take reference material from the research, the library and other sources and use this in the studio to compose their own version of events.
• Spend some time considering how you will put the timeline together.

The Timeline must consist on 3 strands


The main design movements you need to cover are:

• Arts & Crafts 1850-1900
• Art Nouveau 1890-1905
• Modernism 1900-1930, including The Bauhaus (1919-1933)
• Art Deco 1925-1939
• Streamlining 1935-1955
• Post-modernism 1975-present
• Memphis 1981-1988


Some Key events – For example:

• Queen Victoria
• The Railway
• 1st World War – 1914-1918
• 2nd World War – 1939-1945
• World Fairs (The Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, Paris 1925, The Festival of Britain, London 1951)
• New Technologies

Strand 3 – PEOPLE

Important people in design and architecture – For example:
• Arts and Crafts – William Morris
• Art Nouveau – Charles Rennie Mackintosh
• Bauhaus Modernist – Marianne Brandt
• Art Deco – Eileen Gray
• Post Modernism – Philippe Starck
• Streamlining – Raymond Lowey
• Memphis – Ettore Sottsass.

Start Date: 

Check and mark dates

First 2 movements by date set

Next 2 movements by date set

Next 3 movements by date set

Final Hand-in by date set

Assignment Brief to download – Project – Timeline