Designing with a Theory in Mind

In this course we will explore how to design things/spaces or atmospheres using theories of sociology, phycology, physics or other disciplines. In this explorative approach you will be guided through two different projects where we will use theories of psychology, sociology or a different discipline. Theories are meant to make us understand certain phenomena we encounter, through using them we would find new approaches for designing which otherwise we would miss.

The course have an explorative stance where as a group we all going to experiment with different theories. My role as the lecturer will be an experienced explorer, some of the theories we will experiment with were the ones I have used myself during my own design research practise, others would be the ones which I have explored during my previous courses or workshops. I highly encourage every participant to bring their own theories of interest so we can have a richer exploration ground. Those theories could be from every possible disciple you can imagine, we all together would then find out how those theories could make us design new things/spaces or atmospheres.

Weekly Plan

W01/ Introduction & First Meeting
W02/ Theory I: Making Objects or Atmospheres or Systems for Happiness /Inputs
W03/ Theory I: Making O/A/S for Happiness /Ideas
W04/ Theory I: Making O/A/S for Happiness /Prototypes
W05/ Reflection I: Evaluating the Process, Visioning next Steps

W06/ Lecture on Theories
W07/ Discussion on your own Theories
W08/ Selecting your own Theory

W09/ Theory II: Bring your own Theory / Presenting-Brainstorming Theories
W10/ Theory II: Bring your own Theory / Presenting-Brainstorming Theories
W11/ Theory II: Bring your own Theory / Ideation Session
W12/ Theory II: Bring your own Theory / Development Session
W13/ Theory II: Bring your own Theory / Prototyping Session
W14/ Reflection II: Evaluating the Process, Visioning next Steps

Grading

%20 In-Class Performance (assignments + attendence)
%30 Midterm Project
%50 Final Project

Evaluation Criteria

%25 Elaborativeness
%25 Consistency
%25 Research
%25 Idea

During the semester changes may apply