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Theory and Criticism of Design

Code 16229
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area Design
Entry requirements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes Find the main ideas of theoretical and critical thought that marked the path of Design: framing them in historical, social, economic and cultural contexts.
Convey the idea of ??the need to define the parameters within which the designer's activity is based, allowing students to become aware of the discipline and activity of design.
Allow students to understand the evolution of design and understand its implications in the social, economic and cultural field. Transmit knowledge and theoretical tools on the history and theory of design, which allow developing a critical and analytical spirit. Confronting students with the creation of description sheets, analysis and contextualization of design objects. Encourage students to reflect on current design trends currently embracing our cultural reality, integrated into the program that leads them, hopefully, to understand "design".
Syllabus _Modern typography and creation of public sphere.
_Modernist Movements
_Consumer culture, persuasion and innovation
_Communication in Time of War
_Post-Modernism and Protests
_Critical Theory in Design
_Design as social criticism
_Speculative criticism in Design
_State of art
Main Bibliography - Dunne, A. (2005). Hertzian tales: electronic products, aesthetic experience, and critical design. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.
- Dunne, A. & Raby, F. (2013). Speculative Everything: design, fiction, and social dreaming. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. - Flusser, V. (2007). O mundo codificado: Por uma filosofia do design e da comunicação. São Paulo, Brasil: Cosac Naify.
- Graphic Design History, A Critical Guide, 2nd Edition, Drucker J. & McVarish E., 2012
- Heskett, J. (2005). Design: A very short introduction. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
- How, A. (2003). Critical Theory. New York, U.S.A.: Palgrave MacMillan.
- Malpass, M. (2017). Critical Design in Context: History, Theory and Practice. New York, U.S.A.: Bloomsbury Academic.
- Mitrovic, I. & Šuran O. (2015). Introduction to Speculative Design Practice. Zagreb, Croatia:
- Rawsthorn, A. (2014). Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. New York, U.S.A.: The Overlook
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The classes will be included in the subject exposition and will be accompanied, whenever deemed necessary, by projections. Students' oral participation will be encouraged. The assessment will consist of a semi-annual theoretical assessment and group work.
_Theoretical frequency focuses on the theoretical contents exposed in class.
_Group work: research on topics discussed in class. The Final Work will have to be presented to the class as a way of assessing the students' oral skills and sent to the teacher via email on a date to be designated.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-19

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