Design Principles and Practices

Course Code GNED-189
Lecture hours per week
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open
Description: This foundation course has been designed for anyone who has to use anything created by another human. It will change how you experience and interact with your physical surroundings, open your eyes to the perversity of bad design and the desirability of good design, and raise your expectations about how things should be designed. The premise of this course is that good design can be induced by a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs of non-professional design lovers. The extensive number of examples used throughout this course will offer you an opportunity to nourish your innate design instincts and to make you grow in new and creative ways.

Learning will take place by your full involvement in the creative process. You will be involved in the decision-making process from the very beginning by deciding on what to design using the criteria developed throughout the course. The problems will focus on the concepts and skills you need to be aware of and possibly use. Problems will be authentic, addressing real issues, interests or concerns either at the College or within the City of Toronto. Assignments will engage you, spark your imagination and encourage self-expression. Field trips will offer you the possibility to design within a real social context in the City of Toronto.

At the end of this course, you will be conducting group research on real design issues or projects within the city of Toronto and deliver paper prototypes that arouse interest in and understanding of the work of designers.