FT 05-B Design
Preston Bost, Department of Psychology, TTh, 9:45
What makes a thing beautiful? What makes it functional? Is it possible to achieve these two ideals at the same time? In this course we will examine the principles by which designers craft objects, buildings, and spaces that are not only pleasing to the senses, but also serve an intended function. Major units of the course will focus on automotive, architectural, and landscape design. As the semester progresses, we will consider the design not only of the man-made, but also the natural. How does the design of organisms permit their survival? How does the design of molecules permit the engineering of new materials and structures? Along the way, we will hear from a number of professors about the concept of “design” in their disciplines: art, physics, psychology, math, biology, and chemistry. Students will engage in frequent applied work, analyzing and creating designs. The semester will also include a field trip to Columbus, Indiana, a city famous for its stunning and significant architecture.