Spring 2016 | Thursdays 8:00-10:50am | Franz 2258a



Prof. Dan Harries | Broad 4253 | dan@danharries.com
OH: Thursdays 11-12pm

TA: Matt Doyle | Broad 3246 | majoxado@ucla.edu
OH: Tuesdays 12-2pm

Design Futures: Critical examination of design practice and theory of 20th and 21st centuries, incorporating historical as well as speculative methodologies. Consideration of how various design practices and techniques related to each other across cultures and media, with strong emphasis on communication design.

Required Books:
Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby, Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2013

Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2005

Brenda Laurel, Utopian Entrepreneur. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2001

Readings:
Other required readings are listed under each week and are available below.

Course Requirements:
Essay 1 (40%), Essay 2 (40%), Attendance/Participation (20%)



Week 1 | 31 March | Speculatives

Dunne & Raby, "Beyond Radical Design?" 1-9; "A Map of Unreality," 11-31.



Week 2 | 07 April | Tastes

Dunne & Raby, "Design as Critique," 33-45; "Aesthetics of Unreality," 101-138.

Clement Greenberg, "Avant-Garde & Kitsch." Partisan Review 6:5 (1939), 34-49.

Susan Sontag, "Notes on Camp." in Against Interpretation and Other Essays.London: Penguin, 2009. 275-292.

Dick Hebdige, "The Sources of Style." in Subculture: The Meaning of Style.
London: Methuen, 1979. 84-89.



Week 3 | 14 April | Things

Dunne & Raby, "Physical Fictions," 89-100.

Sterling, 1-75.

Steven Connor, "Glasses." in Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things. London: Profile Books. 2011. 78-89.

Reyner Banham, "The Great Gizmo." in Design By Choice. London: Academy Editions, 1981. 108-114.



Week 4 | 21 April | Feelings

Dunne & Raby, "A Methodological Playground," 69-88



Week 5 | 28 April | Brands

Guest: Will Eagle, Brand Strategist, Google.

BJ Fogg, "The New Rules of Persuasion," 2009.

Site: <www.thinkwithgoogle.com>



Week 6 | 05 May | Internets

Dunne & Raby, "Between Reality and the Impossible," 139-157.

Bruce Sterling, "An Essay on the New Aesthetic," WIRED, 2012.

Peter Lunenfeld, "Media Design: New and Improved Without the New."

New Media & Society 6:1, 2004. 65-70.



Week 7| 12 May | Economies

Guest: Matthew Manos, Founder, verynice.

Dunne & Raby, "Consuming Monsters 47-67.

Laurel, 3-107.



Week 8 | 19 May | Spaces

Sterling, 76-149.

Gordon Fletcher, "Global Vision." Digital Leaders.
Swindon: BCS, 2015. 56-57.



Week 9 | 26 May | Regeneratives

Reyner Banham, "A Throw-away Aesthetic," Design By Choice
London: Academy Editions, 1981.

Site: <dryfutures.com>



Week 10 | 02 June | Places

Dunne & Raby, "Speculative Everything," 159-189.


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