DESG 1105

Intro to Design and Creative Thinking

  • Course Number: DESG 1105
  • Instructors: 
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall


This course will offer a broad introduction to the fundamental principles of design, visual communication, and creative problem-solving. Through lectures, discussions, and in-class exercises, students will gain a greater understanding and appreciation of design by looking deeply and analytically at the constructed world around them. From the scale of the body to the scale of the city, course content will explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design as a vehicle for considering the aesthetics and utility of man-made objects. Students will develop essential skills to engage the universality of design and contextualize design problems by referencing historical, cultural and global perspectives. Lessons will discuss the value of visual literacy as it relates to ethnography, anthropology and sustainability.


Weekly in-class exercises will give students the opportunity to engage in design processes that prioritize curiosity, flexible thinking, and the iteration– the antithesis of pedagogies that follow standardized testing to assess knowledge. Students will acquire skills of tactile making (drawing, cutting, gluing) as well as digital imaging (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign). Field trips, guest speakers, workshops and podcasts will enhance weekly lecture content. 



Draft syllabus for fall 2018

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