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DES 040B: Ideologies of Design (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. No prerequisites. Priority to Design majors. Introduction to the history and theory of design in particular relation to political, philosophical, cultural, economic, and environmental debates and objectives. 

Course Description

DES040B: Ideologies of Design (4)
Fall 2015

Why do designers design? What changes are they trying to make? What do they believe they’re doing? This course looks at how designers from William Morris in the 19th century to Steve Jobs in the 21st century tried, and sometimes succeeded, in changing the world. But the world is hard to fix, and this course asks why. Students write short papers on topics that interest them. Last year, for instance, students wrote about subjects ranging from the Russian Revolution to the FitBit.

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