Methods of Design Analysis: The Meanings of Design

Periode 1+2
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
dr. J.C. Gimeno Martinez
dr. J.C. Gimeno Martinez
dr. J.C. Gimeno Martinez

Doel vak

1-acquire knowledge about methods, their implementation, origins an
theoretical foundation
2-Understanding how and when a method should be used and what research
questions it helps to answer.
3-Distinguishing between internal and external evidence, methods and
approaches and argumentative line and research question.
4-Exploring the relation between research question, object of study and
5-Practising academic writing.

Inhoud vak

Design represents all kind of artifacts which humans create and use on a
daily basis, the designed material products of a culture. These
artifacts could range from clothes to posters, or from tourism souvenirs
to chairs. Some artifacts might be stylish, and others much less so. But
how to study design? This course focuses on object-centred research
methods and studies design as embedded in its cultural context. Students
will explore design in its complexity as a signifying agent for economy,
society and technology. This course explores a number of methods and
approaches for the study of design such as John A Walker's
'Production-Consumption Model' and Igor Kopytoff's 'The Cultural
Biography of Things'. Alongside, other methodologies such as the
biographical method, the typological approach or the material/techniques
approach are also considered.


Lectures, seminars, discussions and group presentations.


Final grades will be based on your presence and participation in class,
assignments 1 and 2 (50%), assigment 3 (compulsory) and the final essay
(50%). Please note that in order to pass the course, you will need to
get a passing grade (6.0 or higher) for the final essay. Students have
to fulfil the in-class obligations before handing in their essay. This
means that in order to gain a grade, all students need to have submitted
all three preparatory assignments and the final essay. This is also
valid for the re-sit even when the re-sit grade will be 100% based on
your (reworked) final essay. This means that the partial grades will not
count when calculating final grades stemming from the re-sit. Moreover,
the maximum grade for a re-sit
essay is 8.0.
Student presence in class is required. No more than 2 absences allowed.


Walker, John A. Design History and the History of Design. London
(Pluto), 1989

Vereiste voorkennis

An academic bachelor, or a minor, in the Arts, Literature, Culture,
Design or Media Studies. Theoretically interested students are
particularly welcome to apply


Master's students Arts and Culture, program Design Cultures

Overige informatie

Students who do not have the proper background will be asked to make up
for deficiencies by means of certain bachelor courses or reading lists.

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