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DSN 101 — Inspiration: The History and Theory of Design

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On campus
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Sep 26—Dec 5
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 16
Unit(s): 2 Units
Tuition: $435
Status: Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet on 9 Mondays, September 26 - December 5, from 7 - 9:05 pm. There will be no class on October 3 and November 21.
Fall
On campus
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Sep 26—Dec 5
9 weeks
Drop By
Oct 16
2 Units
Fees
$435
Open
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. The course will meet on 9 Mondays, September 26 - December 5, from 7 - 9:05 pm. There will be no class on October 3 and November 21.
SERIES: DESIGN: INSPIRATION—IDEATION—IMPLEMENTATION

Design is now recognized as a major force in businesses, governments, and universities worldwide, nowhere more so than in our own Bay Area backyard. In this three-quarter sequence, we will explore the nature of design and its relevance both within and beyond the realm of the design professional. The Fall quarter course will serve as a general introduction to the history and diverse philosophies of design. In the Winter quarter, students will learn a set of practical design methodologies. In the Spring, students will be guided through a process of translating theory and practice into a viable business strategy. While these courses build upon one another, each course can be taken independently as well.

FALL 2016, INSPIRATION: Taught by Barry Katz, Consulting Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Design Group), Stanford; Professor, Industrial and Interaction Design, California College of the Arts
WINTER 2017, IDEATION: Taught by Peter Macdonald, Senior Design Lead, IDEO, LLC; and Annie Valdes, Senior Design Strategist, Design Tugboat
SPRING 2017, IMPLEMENTATION: Taught by Christopher Ireland, Strategist, Consultant, and Author of Rise of the DEO; and Katy Mogal, Director of Market and Customer Experience Insights at Jawbone

Course Description:

Where do design ideas come from? In the first course of this three-quarter sequence, we will explore the nature of design, its 19th- and 20th-century roots, and the steadily expanding scope of design practice in the modern world. From the impassioned campaigns of the English Arts and Crafts movement to the revolutionary program of the German Bauhaus to the spectacular rise of “design thinking” in Silicon Valley today, design offers a compelling lens through which to understand the era in which we live.

Drawing upon the century-long history of modern design, we will look for the sources of inspiration that have enabled designers to bring us the products, services, environments, and interfaces that form the fabric of everyday life. Readings will be drawn from major figures in modern design, as well as leading theorists of innovation and creativity. Weekly exercises will enable students to test these approaches for themselves. By the end of the course, students will have learned to think like designers and will be prepared to plunge into hands-on practice (Winter), and to apply their newly acquired skills to a real-life plan of action (Spring).

Barry Katz, Consulting Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Design Group), Stanford

Barry Katz is the author of Change by Design (with Tim Brown), NONOBJECT(with Branko Lukic), and Make It New: A History of Silicon Valley Design. He is also Professor of Design at California College of the Arts and a fellow at IDEO. Katz received a PhD from UC Santa Cruz.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Tim Brown, Change By Design (ISBN 978-0-06-176608-4)
(Recommended) Barry Katz, Make it New (ISBN 978-0-262-02963-6)
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