Futurism was not only an art movement but also a social movement that developed in Italy in the early 20th century. Futurists were well versed and practiced in nearly every field of art including painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, interior design, theater, film, literature, music and architecture. It was a movement that particularly despised not just certain aspects of classical antiquity, but everything that was not totally new.

The painters of Futurism were particularly successful but much of the ideas of the movement were generated through writing and several manifestos of futurism were published. They often broke light and color down into a series of dots or geometric forms through a process called divisionism. Futurism influenced many modern art movements of the 20th century which in turn influenced the development of graphic design. The writings, philosophies and aesthetic characteristics of futurism have been particularly influential to designers.

Sea=Dancer,  Gino Severini, 1913

Natalia Goncharova,  Cyclist, 1913

Umberto Boccioni, Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, 1913

Umberto Boccioni,  Elasticity, 1912

Cover of Blast, Wyndham Lewis  and Friends, 1915