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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Feb 19, 2018
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HART297 Roots of Design History, 1650-1920 3 cr.

This course examines the history of designed
objects, largely furnishings, inclusive of
industrial design and graphic design, handicraft
and automation. The industrial revolution changed
the domestic sphere as much as the conditions of
labor. The increase in mass- produced and
accessible goods (and in ownership) is often
referred to in shorthand as ‘democratization’ and
as a characteristic component of the American
experience. IKEA and Philippe Starck employ the
phrase ‘democratic design’ and DIY practitioners
use it to stake out their independence from
corporations. Can we also use this perspective to
evaluate the proliferation of such things as
newspapers, clocks, mantelpiece statuary, chairs,
ice cream bowls and sardine forks between 1650
and 1920? (Formerly American Design, 1650- 1920)

Prerequisites: HART100

All College Elective