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Design Theory and Criticism

Code 16449
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 4
Workload TP(45H)
Scientific area Design Industrial
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, J.(1995) Para uma Crítica da Economia Política do Signo, Edições 70.
Bonsiepe, G(1999). Interface - An Aproach to Design. Jan van Eyck Akademie.
Branco, V. Providência, F. (2017). Design as Cultural Mediation between Matter and What Matters. The Design Journal, 21(1) , 5-13,
Coles, A. ed., (2007), Design and Art, MITPress.
Cruz, M. T. (2006). O artificial ou a era do «Design total». In M. V. Cabral, J. L. Garcia, & H. M. Jerónimo (Eds.), Razão, tempo e tecnologia: Estudos em homenagem a Hermínio Martins (327–340). Imprensa de Ciências Sociais.
Dilnot, C. (2009) Ethics in Design, 10 Questions, in Clark, Hazel, Brody, David Eds. Design Studies a Reader, Berg.
Flusser, V. (1999), The Shape of Things, A philosophy of Design, Reaktion Books).
Foster, H. (2003), 'Design and Crime', Design and Crime, and Other Diatribes. Verso, 13-26.
Margolín, V. (2014). Design e risco de mudança, ESAD
Papanek, V. (2011). Design for the real world. Thames and Hudson
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.
Minimum grade for exam admission is 6. The exam consists of a written test.
In order not to hinder the functioning of the class, it will only be possible to enter the room during the first 15 minutes of the class, or immediately after the break.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-10-24

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