History of Design
Instructor: Curt Cloninger / curt at lab404 dot com
This course traces the history of design, from its origins in bookmaking to contemporary new media. The main focus will be on the period beginning with the Arts & Crafts movement of the late 19th Century and continuing through the modern and "post-modern" design movements of the 20th Century. There are no prerequisites for this class.
Note: This course fulfills the university's Arts requirement.
This course is Writing Intensive, which means writing is an essential component of the course. The ability to insightfully "read" visual communication in an appropriate historical context depends on clear, original thinking. Writing is the perfect tool to develop this kind of critical design thinking. Research, thinking, and written expression are intrinsically related. You will be introduced to a range of design writing and research forms. Some of the writing is informal, some semi-formal, and some formally academic.
NOTE: The University Writing Center (UWC) supports writers in one-on-one sessions with student writing consultants. Consultants can help writers decipher a prompt, organize ideas, document sources, and revise prose. For your consultation with the UWC, have a copy of your assignment, any writing or notes you may have, and the sources you are working with. To make your appointment, simply visit writingcenter.unca.edu and click on "Schedule an Appointment."
Student Learning Objectives
In this course you will:
Bulldog email account -- check regularly
Student web hosting space (for posting work)
Flash drive, notebook or sketchbook, graph paper, pencils, and pens