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Design Theory

Shenkar College of Engineering via edX

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The first of its kind, this course is a pioneering exploration into theories of design theory. Much of the way we interact as a society springs from design and is influenced by it. Design specialists around the world are continually redefining what design is and how it should be positioned within social, political and economic dynamics. In this course, you'll gain a better understanding of the scope of design and the role it plays in our day to day life.

The course invites curious parties, potential future designers, as well as those interested in adjacent domains, to engage with current discourses around design theory, as these are presented in design academic circles internationally. It offers students both an in-depth understanding of these issues and key analytical tools for further thinking.

Taught by

Dr. Lee Weinberg , Dr. Pablo Utin , Dr. Jonathan Ventura , Prof. Emanuel Gruengard and Dr. Michalle Gal

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Karen C
5.0 a year ago
by Karen completed this course.
Excellent course. I don't come from a design/art background - in fact, I'm one of those "I don't know anything about art but I know what I like" people - but I keep trying to understand what people are talking about when they speak the language of visual art. This course was more about philosophy (which is one of my primary fields of interest); each week opened with a rather abstract lecture about the general topic of the week (what is design, who are we designing for, etc) before progressing to more concrete discussions. Exercises were varied and interesting (which water bottle is most feminine? Which is most expensive, which comfortable?) and several great interviews with designers were included (I especially enjoyed the one with Prof. Yarom Vardimon).

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Michael B
5.0 a year ago
by Michael completed this course.
Fascinating course. Unfortunately, despite the course being completely through the renowned Shenkar College of Design, the certificate currently makes no mention of that. I am sure that will change in the future, though, as more people are likely to only purchase a certificate displaying the institution's name.
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5.0 a year ago
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This course really opened my eyes up to things I had previously taken for granted. I see design everywhere now and I look at its function and how it shapes my life and those around me's lives.
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