This course introduces Design as a profession in context of both historical and contemporary practice.

Multiple perspectives including the human-centered design process, the role of the senses, an appreciation of craftsmanship and importance of stakeholders will be introduced with methods to assess and solve complex problems. Emphasis will be placed on learning how to articulate issues and measures of success involved in a variety of design problems.

Learning Objectives

  • Become fluent in matters of design practice and cultures
  • Foster a practical appreciation of the formal design skills that complement the conceptual thinking at the core of ID’s curriculum
  • Develop a grounded perspective on design disciplines of greatest interest


Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and expanded design vocabulary through in-class exercises and outside assignments
  • Become fluent in the state of professional practice of design
  • Develop a deeper perspective on where to focus individual energy in the balance of time at ID