Illustrating the World by Computer


Most of the students at SVA were born after 1987, meaning they never lived in a world without the vector graphics made possible by Adobe Illustrator. For designers who trained in the pre-digital world of graphic design, the difference is vast. This short film, The Adobe Illustrator Story, talks to some of the creators, testers, and early proponents of Adobe’s groundbreaking program. It’s hard to imagine so much of the style of design of the past three decades without the relative ease and speed of creation afforded by programs like Illustrator.

More on the vector graphics and the history of graphic design:

Vectorism : vector graphics today / edited and produced by Viction:workshop. – NC997 .V437 2011


Vector basic training : a systematic creative process for building precision vector artwork / developed & written by Von Glitschka. – T385 .G5856 2011


Graphic design history : a critical guide / Johanna Drucker, Emily McVarish. – NC998 .D78 2013


Meggs’ history of graphic design / Philip B. Meggs, Alston W. Purvis – Z246 .M43 2012

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