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Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects
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4 Sessions / 8-10 hours of work per session
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Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Architecture, Object Design, Generative Process
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Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects, Part II

Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects, Part II
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Scheduled
4 Sessions / 8-10 hours of work per session
Included w/ premium membership ($20/month)
Skill Level
Beginner
Topics
Architecture, Object Design, Generative Process
Course Description

Part 2 of Making Meaning: An Introduction to Designing Objects focuses on how design can be progressive, through exploring radical ideas, futuristic aesthetics and by embracing social responsibility. It also looks at the realities of design practice through the eyes of experts in the field. The course begins by showing designers that have done work that is new, and breaks with the conventions of the field. It continues with an examination of how objects capture a sense of “now” by referencing contemporary social, cultural and technological advances. Reflecting on design’s uncomfortable relationship to ethics, the course reveals key ethical dilemmas designers face and helps parse approaches to them. It concludes by examining the working contexts of today’s object designers, how client relationships are formed and maintained and how independent practice can provide a counterpoint to working within corporate structures.

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Session 1: Radical Objects: The Challenging Landscape of Design’s Avant-Garde
Design, like contemporary art, has a cutting edge - an avant garde. These are designers doing work that is new, and breaks with the conventions of the field. In this session we will explore this lesser-charted territory.
Session 2: The Aesthetics of Progress: Capturing the Zeitgeist in Object Form
This session covers the way in which designers have looked to technological progress for design language to build into their work. It reveals why some objects look new, or even futuristic, while others quickly look dated.
Session 3: Towards Socially Responsible Design: Ethical Approaches to a “Dangerous” Profession
In this session we look at the ethical problems of object design. It aims to help you form an ethical stance on the key issues so you can practice with something like a clear conscience.
Session 4: Rules of Engagement: Exploring the Realities of Design Practice
Finally we look at the main ways designers work, out in the world. Designers are either employed, working on commission, or working speculatively, and this session explores the advantages and disadvantages, and differences of each. We also hear sage advice from a range of experienced professional designers.
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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