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CCDN 371. CULTURES OF DESIGN.

words. images. artefacts.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Cultural innovation involves different people coming together to work on shared concerns, and recombining existing elements of culture to create something new. This course examines the open and collaborative networks that characterise design today, and prepares students to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Building on multi-disciplinary approaches students learned in CCDN 231 and CCDN 271, this course aims to locate design within broader cultural issues and practices of creativity and innovation. Lectures and readings will introduce students to important concepts in material and visual culture studies, and we will critically assess emerging cultural connections between professionals and amateurs, designers and non-designers. Students will learn to analyse and express these complex connections through a research paper, a photographic essay and the creation, curation and exhibition of artefacts.

The content of this course is divided into three separate, but overlapping, themes. First, we will address connections between creativity and professional design, and between collaboration and cultural innovation. Special attention will be given to the relationship between design and society and what might constitute socially and culturally responsible design practice. Second, we will assess connections between design and the production and consumption of visual and material culture. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the “amateurisation” of design is reshaping cultural understandings of aesthetics and experiences of making. Third, we will connect these cultural issues to concepts and practices of critical design, interaction design and experience design. The course will culminate in a group exhibition that presents a critical and creative vision of cultural issues facing the future of design.

CLASS SCHEDULE & READINGS

Feb 28 – Introduction
Assigned reading: “Kevin Kelly and Steven Johnson on Where Ideas Come From.” 2010. Wired Magazine.

Mar 7 – Professional Design Cultures
Assigned reading: Wang, David & Ali O. Ilhan. 2009. “Holding Creativity Together: A Sociological Theory of the Design Professions.” Design Issues 25(1): 5-21.

Mar 14 – Designers & Society
Assigned reading: Tatum, J.S. 2004. “The Challenge of Responsible Design.” Design Issues 20(3): 66-80.

Mar 21 – Research Essay Presentations
PROJECT 1 DUE @ 9AM, MAR 21

Mar 28 – Material Culture
Assigned reading: Money, Annemarie. 2007. “Material Culture and the Living Room: The Appropriation and Use of Goods in Everyday Life.” Journal of Consumer Culture 7(3): 355-377.

Apr 4 – Visual Culture
Assigned reading: Murray, Susan. 2008. “Digital Images, Photo-Sharing, and Our Shifting Notions of Everyday Aesthetics.” Journal of Visual Culture 7(2): 147-163.

Apr 11 – Production, Consumption & Identity
Assigned reading: Jackson, Andrew. 2010. “Constructing at Home: Understanding the Experience of the Amateur Maker.” Design and Culture 2(1): 5-26.

Apr 18 – Mid-Trimester Break

Apr 25 – Mid-Trimester Break

May 2 – Critical & Issues- Based Design
Assigned reading: DiSalvo, Carl. 2009. “Design and the Construction of Publics.” Design Issues 25(1): 48-63.

May 9 – Photo Essay Presentations
PROJECT 2 DUE @ 9AM, MAY 2

May 16 – Interaction Design
Assigned reading: Moggridge, Bill (ed.) 2007. Designing Interactions. Cambridge: MIT Press. (excerpts)

May 23 – Experience Design
Assigned reading: Antonelli, Paola (ed.) 2008. Design and the Elastic Mind. New York: Museum of Modern Art. (excerpts)

May 30 – Exhibition Planning & Preparation

June 6 – Study Break

June 13 – Examinations

June 20 – FINAL EXHIBITION & PRESENTATIONS JUN 21
Set up starts @ 10am, Jun 20
Presentations start @ 11am, Jun 21

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