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History of Modern Design

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The history of both print and object design from the beginning of the nineteenth century through the modern era will be studied in terms of art history, technology, politics, economics, and consumer behavior. This course is interested in a broad definition of design and will address its development through and examination of objects of varied materials, architecture, and graphic media. Furniture, textiles, lighting, appliances, books, magazines, posters, and other forms of advertisement will serve to illustrate the modern designer's response to an ever changing consumer culture. Students will be able to articulate the significance of design in relation to society and will gain an understanding of the evolution of design through the modern era.