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This course is also part of the program:
Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects
Length
4 Sessions
Price
Audit (Free)
Certificate (Incl. w/ Premium)
Credit Eligible Program ($600 USD)
Institution
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Subject
Visual Arts, Design
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Architecture, Object Design, Generative Process
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Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects, Part I

Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects, Part I
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Length
4 Sessions
Price
Audit (Free)
Certificate (Incl. w/ Premium)
Credit Eligible Program ($600 USD)
Institution
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Subject
Visual Arts, Design
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Architecture, Object Design, Generative Process
Course Description

Part 1 of Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects provides an overview of the theories and practices object designers are engaged in today, and how designers use signs, style and utility to generate substance. It also examines the design process in detail, revealing models to help us make sense of its complexity. Starting by illustrating the breadth of the field, the course goes on to explore the power relations and semiotic structures which lie behind object making. It covers how we use objects to express our identity and position ourselves within subcultures, and it analyzes the process of design as it unfolds in the designer’s mind, on paper, through model making, and via other generative “thinking tools”. Incorporating interviews with contemporary professionals the course offers rare insight into the way designers work, the thinking behind their projects, and the methods that lead to successful object-making.

schedule

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Session 1: Mission Creep: Product Design Goes Plural
The first session defines what we mean by object design - how it differs from, but overlaps with, the arts and sciences - what skills are needed to practice it - and what different specialisms it includes.
Session 2: Style and Substance: The Overt and Covert Politics of Design
Session 2 is about object design’s relationship to value, power, and meaning. It explains how we use objects to express our identity and position ourselves within subcultures, and how design becomes a persuasive tool when we choose to design a certain type of object, or convince a manufacturer to use one material over another.
Session 3: Reading and Writing Form: The Visual Language of Designed Objects
Designed objects display visual language - the way an object communicates to us with its outward appearance. Session 3 looks at the structures and uses of that language
Session 4: A Generative Process: Design in the Mind, on the Page and in the Hand
In Session 4 we look at different design methodologies and thinking tools that enable us to push our ideas-generation further, and provide the widest range of options from which to select the right direction. We also cover visualization and prototyping tools that allow us to represent our ideas and test them.
Enroll for College Credit

Credit Eligible

Kadenze has partnered with School of the Art Institute of Chicago to offer this program for 2.0 college credits.*

How much does it cost?

This course costs $600 USD to take for college credit.

*Upon completion, this rigorous college-level program will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution. Credit as workload and transferability is defined by the granting institution. Participation in these courses does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

Certificates
Whenever you complete a course as a premium member, you can earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment .

This course is also part of the Program: Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects. Earn a verified Specialist Certificate for successfully completing a Program.

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Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 2 courses in the Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects Program and is offered for credits from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
Materials:
  • Thinking: Objects - Contemporary Approaches to Product Design by Tim Parsons
Additional Information

Please note: Taking part in a Kadenze course For-Credit or as a Premium Member, does not affirm that a student has been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Taking part in this course For-Credit offers credit that is recognized by School of the Art Institute of Chicago, should the Kadenze student be accepted for enrollment in the future.

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 2 courses in this program. If a student signs up for the Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects 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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