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Contemporary Design Themes

Code 12613
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Art and Design
Entry requirements No entry requirements.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes At the end of this curricular unit, the student must be able to identify different notions, practices and interpretations of contemporary Design, as well as critically approach them. He is expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of the diverse dimensions that envelop the association between Design and technology on the one hand and, on the other, of the possible implications and consequences of his ideas and actions in the world, everyday life and to the future, predicting the social impact of the different Design practices and identifying scenarios to its strategic intervention. It is also our purpose that each student is able to demonstrate competence to work both individually and in group, understanding the previously defined parameters for each evaluation moment, as well as concern with the quality of the presented results, orally and in writing, and with the fulfillment of the established goals.
Syllabus 1. Contemporary notions of Design 1.1 Object - concept - experience 1.2 Challenges of dematerialization and return to reality 1.3 From celebration to the uncertainty of the ephemeral 1.4 Whatever happened to total design? Total design paradigm and critic;
2. Design and social responsibility 2.1 Intervention and participation 2.2 Un/Sustainability 2.3 The risk of change;
3. Memory, identity and construction of futures 3.1 Between preservation and transgression 3.2 Ruptures: counter-culture and resistance 3.3 Filling the blankets: poetics and possibiliteis;
4. Mediation and transmediation 4.1 Interface: limit, frontier, access 4.2 The complex surface 4.3 Hybrid as evolution 4.4 (In)Organic conversion;
5. References to/of contemporary Design 5.1 Who does what where 5.2 Thinking Design through Design 5.3 Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity 5.4 Projectual practices as model and object of reflexion.
Main Bibliography CALÇADA, A. et al (1993). Design em aberto. Uma antologia, Lisboa: Centro Português de Design.
JULIER, G. (2010). La cultura del diseño, Barcelona: Editorial Gustavo Gili.
LIDWELL, W. et al (2010). Princípios universais do design, São Paulo: Bookman.
LUPTON, E. and MILLER, A. (2006). Design writing research. Writing on graphic design, London: Phaidon.
LUPTON, E. (Org.), (2013). Intuição, ação, criação. Graphic design thinking, São Paulo: Editora Gustavo Gili.
MARGOLIN, V. (2014). Design e risco de mudança, Matosinhos: ESAD.
PAPANEK, V. (2011). Design for the real world. Human ecology and social change, London: Thames & Hudson.
SCHNEIDER, B. (2010). Design - uma introdução. O design no contexto social, cultural e económico, São Paulo: Ed. Blucher.
TÁVORA VILAR, E. (Coord.), (2014). Design et al. Dez perspectivas contemporâneas, Lisboa: D. Quixote.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Presentation of the programmed topics following a set of texts and multimedia materials. Critical discussion with the students about the analysed themes is permanently valued and instigated as part of the class’s organic and progression of the semester.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2020-05-30

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