History of Design
This course will present a historical study of the material world, focusing on designed objects. It will challenge students to think critically about the rhetoric of design and examine the ways in which objects are both reflective of the culture that produced them while also serving as devices for cultural change. The course will examine design in an interdisciplinary sense, looking at case studies in industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion, and architecture in order to equip students with an understanding of the ways in which design practices, technologies, and cultural meaning have changed through time.
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