Approximately a century ago, World War I broke and brought about widespread destruction in Germany. With a trail of destruction left behind by the war, there were wishes for a new social order construction and hopes for peace for the German people. Therefore, a movement called The Bauhaus Movement was initiated on April 12th, 1919. This movement applied to many subjects, including photography, fine arts, new media and graphic design, with the aim to let the Germans feel consistency and stability in what they have left. The Bauhaus Movement then became one of the most influential movements in the history of design.

How do Bauhaus graphic designs look like then? We have summarized the characteristics of Bauhaus graphic design just for you. We hope that the unique Bauhaus design will leave you inspired.


SIMPLE DESIGN.Function is the priority of Bauhaus design. The design suggests function over beauty, as long as all the necessary information is there, then design is just a complement.

BLOCK COLOURS.Another typicality of Bauhaus design is block colours. You can see the use of multiple colours together in the pictures below:



GEOMETRIC SHAPES.You might have noticed geometric shapes, such as circle and triangle, in the two images above. That is because one characteristic of Bauhaus design is the use of geometric shapes.

ASSYMETRY.Typically, Bauhaus designs are popular for being asymmetrical. From the Bauhaus postcard below, we can see the assymetry very clearly. The first red and yellow triangles (on the top), for example, are not in balance proportion between the left and the right. The overall design does not look symmetrical either.

Klee, Paul

SANS SERIF FONT. Graphic designers use only one simple Sans Serif typeface when they design something the Bauhaus style. You can see from the first and second pictures that they both use a Sans Serif typeface respectively, clean and simple.

We love Bauhaus graphic designs, they look cool to us. What about you?