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Design History

Code 12778
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Art and Design
Entry requirements No needed.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes The history of design crosses the designer’s path in the same extent that the practice of design requires a clear and critical view of the discipline. This course covers the major historical references that justify the current role of design in contemporary culture.
Learning Outcomes:
a) Understanding the historical background of design and contextualize it in each historical period;
b) Knowing the factors that led to design’s empowerment as an independent discipline of multiple specificities;
c) Master the framework of historical knowledge in design and be able to place design objects in their respective historical period;
d) Recognizing design's historical contribution towards contemporary culture.
Syllabus 1 - Renaissance Design (1450 - 1660)
2 - Modern Typography and the Creation of the Public Sphere (1660 - 1800)
3 - Modernist Movement (1880 - 1910)
4 - Innovation, Persuasion and Culture (1910 - 1930)
5 - Public Interest Campaigns and Information Design (1930 - 1950)
6 -Corporate Identities and Internacional Style (1950 - 1970)
7 - Pop and Protest (1960 - 1970)
8 - Postmodernism (1970 - 1980)
9 - Digital Design (1970 - 2000)
Main Bibliography Drucker, Johanna, McVarish, Emily, Graphic Design History, A Critical Guide, Up-per Saddle River, Pearson, 2013
Forty, Adrian, Objects of desire, design and Society since 1750, London, Thames and Hudson, 1992 [1986]

Aditional Bibliography
Heskett, John, Industrial Design, London, Thames and Hudson, 2004 [1980]
Maldonado, Tomás, Design Industrial, Lisboa, Edições 70, 1999 [1991]
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical presentation sessions and discussion of themes or texts related to each item of the Syllabus. Analysis, discussion and historical context of design objects.
The grading will be based on discussion and interventions in the classroom, as well as on two written tests.

Attendance and participation > 10%
Assignment presentation in class > 50%
Written Test > 40%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-02-29

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