2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

IAHIS 5610 Design Discourse

Is the purpose of design to communicate clearly, to advocate for a particular point of view, or to sell specific products? Does a designer have any responsibility to society, beyond the normally accepted boundaries of ethical behavior? Is legibility a moral issue or simply a practical virtue? These are just a few of the issues we research, discuss, analyze, and write about in this course. The emphasis is on constructing a coherent written argument and developing a personal point of view about contemporary issues that inform design practice.