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This course focuses on the object itself: What does it do, what does it say? How do objects convey ideas? The shape, volume, surface and color of an object constitute its overall visual aesthetic and can communicate the object’s use, utility, significance and value. Analysis, study, exploration and refinement of 3D form, looking at a variety of methods for producing iterative study models and prototypes. Students will be introduced to relevant theoretical approaches, including semiotics, through readings and group discussions. The goal of this course is to teach students how to control the semantic, formal and aesthetic dimensions of their design work so that it communicate the story of the designer, brand or company to the intended users/consumers.
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Session 1: Overview of the Design Ideation Process
Session 2: Overview of Design Research
Session 3: Overview – what is glass and how has it been shaped?
Session 4: Overview – what is bronze/metal and how has it shaped?
Instructors & Guests
Helen Maria Nugent
Helen Maria Nugent is Professor and Chair of Designed Objects Programs (1997). BFA (Honors) in Environmental Art (1990) and MA Design (1992), Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Concurrent Positions: Partner, Haelo Design; Co-Director of DesignArts, YoungArts Foundation. Exhibitions: 2nd Istanbul Design Biennale; CHGO DSGN at the Chicago Cultural Center; Devening Projects & Editions; International Contemporary Furniture Fair, NY. Curatorial and Exhibition Design: Moholy: An Education of the Senses; Thick Design; Beyond Function: The Art of Furniture. Bibliography: Chicago Makes Modern; Global Scots; Domus; DesignBoom; Innovation; Azure. Grants: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts (IKSV); Graham Foundation; Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.
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Students who are currently enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are not eligible to receive credit for this course.
In order to receive college credit for these program courses, you must successfully complete and pass all 3 courses in this program. If a student signs up for the From Design Concept to Reality program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.
*Partial credit will not be awarded for completion of only one course.
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