For each lecture, there will be a number of subject matters/issues, and they would be illustrated at three scales:
Middle-size objects – objects of everyday use
Man-size Objects - buildings
Larger-than man size objects – city
What is Design?
Design as a fundamental human activity. The Human World is a Designed World. Value of understanding Design. Design as Force of Change. Design in Traditional and Industrial Societies (Designs w/o Designers). Necessity or Luxury. Archetype and Masterwork.
2 Idea, Product and Process.
Connection Between Design and Creativity. Invention and Innovation. Process of Design. The Concept of Intentions & Judgment. Design & the Designer. Types of Design Thinking.
Design – Ideas, Forces and Approaches
3 Formal Considerations.
Design Size/Scale. Measurements. Geometry. Movement and Motion. Materiality.
4 Design & Technology.
Material Limits. Miniaturization & Compactness. Engineering, Mechanical & Physical Forces. System. Energy
5 Design & Aesthetics.
Expression, Satire Humor, Emblem & Icon. Beauty & Taste. Experiences, Senses and Psychology. High and Low Taste, and Camp.
6 Design & Language.
Style & Meaning. Vocabulary. Historical Styles. Designer Style. Discord, Assemblage. Harmony & Composition. Proportions.
7 Design & Use(s).
Cultural and Social Forces. Concept of Appropriateness. Definition of Users.
8 Design & Context. Nature and Culture. Notion of Site, Climate. Design as Environment.
9 Design & Temporal Dimension.
Past, Tradition & Future.
Design Around Us
Household Objects, Houses, Cities. Privacy/Seclusion versus Public/Community.
Tools. Workplaces, Industrial precincts. Efficiency
12 Playing& Contemplating.
Leisure & Ritualistic Objects, Worship & Escapes, Themed Places & Sacred Sites. Recreation & Spiritual Centering
13 Futures, Trends & Issues.
Emerging Techniques in thinking, making& representation. (IT). Contemporary Issues – Sustainability, Digital & Virtual Reality, Gendered Design, Cultural Bridging, Ethics and Integrity.