Designing Communications In Modernity and Beyond
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5641
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Graphic Design
The invention, by fits and starts, of "graphic design" and its progeny are facets of a larger transformation of visuality. As the self-conscious "design" of the visual has become more pervasive, it has undergone a paradoxical change. On the one hand, it has become more instrumentalized, systematized, and distributed. On the other, visual artifacts are becoming ever-more fragmentary and abstract. In this course, students will trace the twisted, crossing paths through which the visual and the "informational" have fused into ways of probing the borderlands between the irrational and the rational. Key references will include optical devices, the formalist modernist movements, public cartography and international sign systems, early 'zine culture, and the "new" aesthetic(s). Coursework will center on two parallel investigations: textually based "readings" of images and imagistically based "readings" -- visions -- of texts. Projects will consist of a short series of explorations into the changing ways in which visual artifacts relate to their respective historical and cultural context. This course will be conducted as a hybrid seminar-studio. It is open to graduate students in Design Studies, Design and Technology, and Transdisciplinary Design, as well as advanced undergraduates with permission.
Open to: All university graduate degree students
Open to Graduate students.