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Design Theory and Critics

Code 12792
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Art and Design
Entry requirements No entry requirements.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes This course addresses the exercise of design and its social and ideological implications. It is intended as such, to promote understanding of the theoretical design foundations and its context, as well as the strong contribution of design to the definition of contemporary culture. Recognize design as a problem of the contemporary world;
Understand the theoretical foundations of design;
Develop an analytical and critical look on design as a discipline;
Being able to analyze and criticize a design object in a substantiated manner.
Syllabus 01
Contemporary views of design;
Theory and criticism in Design;
Design and material culture, objects of mediation;
Total Design and dematerialisation;
Relationship between art and technique, dichotomy, ambiguity or symbiosis;
Value and values;
Impacts of design, social responsibility and ethics.
Main Bibliography Baudrillard, Jean. Para uma Crítica da Economia Ploítica do Signo, Edições 70, 1995[1972].
Benjamin, Walter (1992 [1980]). “A Obra de Arte na Era da sua Reprodutibilidade Técnica“. in Sobre Arte, Técnica , Linguagem e Política. Lisboa, Relógio D`Água: pp.70-113.
Bonsiepe, Gui (1999 [1995]). Interface - An Aproach to Design. Maastricht, Jan van Eyck Akademie.
Calçada, A. et al (1993). Design em aberto. Uma antologia, Lisboa: Centro Português de Design.
Coles, Alex ed., (2007), Design and Art, Massachussets, MITPress.
Dilnot, Clive. Ethics in Design, 10 Questions, in Clark, Hazel, Brody, David Eds. Design Studies a Reader, Berg, 2009.
Flusser, Vilém (1999), The Shape of Things, A philosophy of Design, London: Reaktion Books).
Foster, Hal (2003), 'Design and Crime', Design and Crime, and Other Diatribes London: Verso, 13-26.
Ihde, Don (2008), 'The Designer Fallacy and Technological Imagination', in Vermaas, Pieter E., et al. (eds.), Philosophy and Design, From engineering to Architecture Netherlands: Springer, 51-59.
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.
Margolín, 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.
Scheider, 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 syllabus following a set of texts and multimedia materials. Critical discussion with the students about the analysed topics 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: 2020-01-20

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