History of Design Lecture
This course provides a survey of design objects, methodology and techniques across histories and cultures. By examining the work of other designers, we are better able to identify our own interests and concerns. Using history to focus our own work is an effective method of avoiding unnecessary distractions, false starts, pitfalls, and mistakes. To duplicate these efforts instead of building on them is, at best, a wasted opportunity. Beyond these practical concerns, though, history can inspire. Finding objects, designers, and solutions that have resonance for us allows us a richer experience as designers and lets us tailor the broad field of design.