Critical Design Methods

Subject: 
English (ENGL)
Catalog number: 
701
Unit weight: 
0.50
Meet type: 
LAB
Grading basis: 
NUM
Cross-listing(s): 
N/A
Requisites: 
N/A
Description: 
This course introduces students to both the theory and practice of Critical Design, broadly construed. Critical Design is not a field of its own, but a mode of design thinking that is informed by critical theories and research methods from the arts and humanities. Critical Design can intersect with and draw on established fields of design from graphic and UX design to industrial and urban design. The course begins with an overview of the history of design as critique, before examining the recent emergence of research-creation practices such as speculative design, critical making, discursive design, and applied media theory. The positionality of designers and audiences will be considered in readings and assignments that focus on gender, disability, race, and class. Special attention will be paid to the design of media technologies and the infrastructures that support them, which involves methods in UX design, sustainable hardware design, and digital urban design. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of course materials through writing, design, and light fabrication.
Topic titles: 
N/A
Faculty: 
Arts (ART)
Academic level: 
GRD
Course ID: 
016198