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Academic Catalog 2017-2018
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  Feb 20, 2018
Academic Catalog 2017-2018

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