This course is an overview of design as the giving of form, order, and interactivity to the objects that define our daily experience. Instruction follows the path from project to interactive product through lectures, hands-on workshops, and studio assignments. Students will gain an understanding of the overall design process, with an emphasis on design development and constraints, preparing them for work in a studio environment.
Topics include the observation and critique of objects; interaction design and user experience; design methodologies, representation, and source material; current dialogues in design objects and production; economies of scale vs. economies of means; designing for unpredictable human behavior; and the role of technology in design.
This course provides a foundation in prototyping skills such as carpentry, digital fabrication, electronics, coding, and interaction. Lectures will provide a technical foundation to enable students to create their products, as well as a foundation in the current dialogues in the design, production, and significance of objects.
Project 1. Chair
We will start the course by constructing one of Enzo Mari’s Autoprogettazione chairs, and proceed to use the techniques you’ve learned to draw, model, build and critique your own piece of furniture inspired by Sol Lewitt’s drawing instructions.
Create a seat based on a set of simple design instructions. Your creation can be a chair, stool or bench but must be derived from a set of rules.
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