- Code DESN2007
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Design
- Areas of interest Digital Arts, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts, Design
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Baden Pailthorpe
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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In this course we examine speculative and critical design methodologies which challenge the narrow assumptions and preconceptions that typically limit the form and function of designed artefacts. These methodologies look beyond a functional instrumentalism to consider how design can be used to incite mindful reflection rather than blind consumption, as well as address society’s “wicked problems”. The processes and practices considered involve designers imagining futures based on current technological and cultural trajectories; but rather than accepting those trajectories, design is used as an instrument to incite change and alter their direction. The course uses design projects as the main vehicle for the exploration of speculative design theories and methodologies. The projects are not confined to any particular medium or discipline but require students to question what they produce and why.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply design as a cultural practice with complex agendas and implications for society.
- Design and produce artefacts that embody complex critical ideas and values.
- Conduct research into design theories, artefacts and processes, and apply findings to creative production.
- Substantiate design outcomes with research and rationale.
Indicative AssessmentParticipation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Research report, 1200 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Speculative design project (50%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Project rationale, 1200 words (20%) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide formative feedback on work in progress.
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact comprising lectures, tutorials / workshops.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Dunne, A., & Raby, F. (n.d.). Speculative everything: Design, fiction, and social dreaming.
Dunne, A. (1999). Hertzian tales: Electronic products, aesthetic experience and critical design. London: RCA CRD Research.
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