01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW
Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Spring 2020
This class will offer a chronological overview of the history of design in the 20th century, including industrial design, communication design, interior and landscape design, as well as corporate branding and new media from each period/major design movement. Topics discussed will include major design styles and movements, signiﬁcant designers, manufacturers and design-related companies, innovations in technology and material use, and the development of sales, marketing, and user-focused design. Core themes will include the rivalries between historicism and modernity, internationalist and nationalist tendencies, and handicraft and industrial processes. Students will also participate in the iterative design process themselves: confronting a need/the design problem, communicating with a client, and satisfying the consumer through a research process and a product while also analyzing its potential impact. This course satisfies the Mason Core Arts requirement. This course satisfies a requirement for the Design Thinking Minor.