Here is the syllabus for ADPR 5990: DESIGN HISTORY. I will announce any changes to our schedule on this page.
Week 1: January 9
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Course introduction + index card + get to know your classmates + identify a myesterious object
Week 2: January 14
read: Read the chapter on the 1900s starting on page 28 (focus on William Morris & the Kelmscott Press; Art Nouveau & Alphonse Mucha; Plakatstil & Lucien Bernhard)
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Discuss readings
Wednesday, 9:05–11: In class project (get into groups and make a poster on one of the discussion topics. Help us all learn to recognize and understand them by the end of class).
Week 3: January 21
study: Go over readings and your notes so you are prepared for our class at the Hargrett Library on Wednesday.
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Go to Hargrett to see examples of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Plakatstil
Week 4: January 28
read: Read in chapters on 1910s and 1920s and 1930s focusing on Dada & Marcel Duchamp; Constructivism & Rodchenko; and Art Deco & A.M. Cassandre (pgs. 44–47, pgs. 60–66; Rodchenko on pgs. 72–73, pgs. 70 & 71, pgs. 84–87 and Cassandre on pgs 94 & 95)
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Discuss readings
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Get into groups for a project on Dada, Constructivism and Art Deco. Help us all learn to recognize and understand them by the end of class.
Week 5: February 4
read: Read the handout on Erté
study: Study for your test on Monday, February 11.
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Read about “the father of Art Deco:” Erté. (not meeting)
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Go to Hargrett to see examples of Art Deco materials including Erté costume drawings; some Dada book and Dada reproductions; one piece of art by El Lissitzky; and some Pandora yearbooks from the 1930s.
Week 6: February 11
study: Study for your test on Monday.
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Review for test on Wednesday
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Test + Black History Month. Graphic Design in Civil Rights. W.E.B. Du Bois’s data visualizations for the 1900 Paris Expo; Gordon Parks’s photos of the Civil Rights movement; Black Panthers uniform; Documentation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Week 7: February 18
read: For Monday, read the handout on material culture from the book American Artifacts by Prown and Haltman. For Wednesday, go back to the chapter on the 1920s and read about the Bauhaus on pgs. 69–70. In the chapter on the 1940s, read pgs. 104–108 and pgs. 110 & 111, and read about Lester Beall on pgs. 116 & 117. Go back to pgs. 48 & 49 and read about propaganda part one and then turn to pages 110 & 111 and read propaganda part two.
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Material Culture. Go over your writing assignment.
Wednesday, 9:05–11: The Bauhaus, Mid-Century Modernism, The War Years/Propaganda
Week 8: February 25
read: In the chapter on the 1950s, read pgs 122–133 about International Typographic Style, Paul Rand and Cipe Pineles. Remember to read over this article on the Bauhaus https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/t-magazine/bauhaus-school-architecture-history.html Also, let's listen to this very short podcast in the next week https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k6sd5
think: Begin to think about objects for your material culture paper.
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Continue presentations from last week. Discuss readings
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Visit Special Collections to see the War Poster collection and have a discussion about artifacts in special collections.
Week 9: March 4
read: Reading on women’s movements and graphic design
listen: Go to this website and listen to the episode about a defaced penny in England https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b00v73z9
decide: Decide on your object for your material culture paper and okay it with me
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Women’s History Month. Graphic Design in the Suffrage Movement, in Second Wave Feminism, and in the 2017 Women’s March. What is Craftivism?
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Meet at whatever time you signed up for to talk about the object for your essay.
Week 10: March 11
Spring break this week!
Week 11: March 18
read: Read the chapter on the 1960s, pgs. 142–163
write : Develop the questions you will answer in your paper (due Wednesday). Begin research on your object.
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Pop Art and Warhol, Op Art, Psychedelia and Wes Wilson, End of the Linotype Machine
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Email to me the questions you will answer in your material culture essay. Watch a bit of the Linotype documentary and get into groups for a project on Pop Art, Op Art, and Psychedlia
Week 12: March 25
study: Study for your test on Monday April 1
write: Write some thoughts about your object and describe it in writing—this can be very rough—due by Friday.
meet: Go to the UGA main library and talk to a reference librarian about resources to help answer your research questions.
read: For Monday, read about the accessible icon project here http://accessibleicon.org
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Graphic design + people with disabilities + begin review for second test
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Continue Review for test + Discuss writing and watch some videos by writers.
Week 13: April 1
study: Test this week
read: For Wednesday, read the chapter on the 1970s (skip “Hipgnosis”)
write: Write your first draft of your paper this week
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Test 2 covers the readings/audio assigned in week 7 & 8 above. It covers the Bauhaus (pgs. 68–70 + pg. 108), the '40s and '50s, Mid-century Modernism, and Propaganda. Also, see the "lectures" tab for class-generated information. It doesn't cover craftivism or the Women's movements we discussed.
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Postmodernism, New Wave Typography, and Punk + work on your paper
Week 14: April 8
read: Read the chapter on the 1980s
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Work on your paper
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Discuss design in the 1980s. Also, bring a rough draft of your paper to class for peer feedback.
Week 15: April 15
read: Read the chapter on the 1990s
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Work on your paper.
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Discuss design in the 1990s. Talk about the test. Work on your paper and bring your object for photographing or make plans with me to have it photographed.
Week 16: April 22
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Review for Test 3 and course evaluations
Wednesday, 9:05–11: Test 3. Make revisions to your paper.
Week 17: April 29
Monday, 9:05–9:55: Your paper are due by the end of class. You can email it. I'll be in the classroom with your graded tests if you want to pick them up.
No final exam. Enjoy the summer.