The Story of Design: From William Morris to Jony Ive

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Join David McKinstry of Imperial College on an evening class course exploring the astonishing history of design

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On this 10-week course (2 hours a week every Wednesday) join David McKinstry of Imperial College on a brand new online course introducing the history of design from the wallpapers of William Morris at the end of the nineteenth century to the Apple computers of Jony Ive at the end of the twenntieth.

The course is taught live online via Zoom and is designed to enhance your understanding, knowledge and interest in design and the story of design.

History of Design is the study of the things around us that we use almost every moment of every day. From the clothes we wear, to the buildings we live and work in; from the vehicles we use to get around, to the phones in our pockets. In fact almost everything we use in daily life is in some sense designed, much of it by people we call designers.

But the history of design is also about the changes to designed objects over time, and how those changes reflect the different attitudes of different periods. On this course we are going on a fascinating journey which will allow us to explore some of the great historical and contemporary names in design, some of the great objects of design, and the relationship between designers and designed objects and society at different periods of time.

The course will start in the early nineteenth century and move forwards in time to the present day. In it we will focus on four principle areas:

  • an historical survey of design periods and styles from the early 1800s to the present day
  • ideas as to what people believed was good and bad design at different periods and the ideas that underpinned underpinned those beliefs
  • key works of design by key designers over the historical period covered, and their relationship to the principles in wider movements
  • The institutions for the teaching, promotion, display and sale of design.

The course is aimed at complete beginners, and so no previous knowledge of art or design history or practice is necessary. It is also be suitable for those who have some background in art and design history or practice.

Minimum Numbers

This course requires a minimum of 12 people to enrol for it to run. In the event of insufficient numbers enrolling the course will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund.

Online Access to Course and Recordings

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week using Zoom. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device.

If you cannot attend the live session for a limited period a recording of the session will be available to those signed up for the course.

Attendance Certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Terms and Conditions

Imperial College standard Terms and Conditions for evening class courses apply. You should read these before enrolling and they can be found online at:

Imperial College CLCC Evening Class Terms and Conditions

Weekly course Content

  1. The Great Exhibition to Pugin and Morris (1851-1880)
  2. The Aesthetic Movement to Art Nouveau (1880-1910)
  3. World Fairs to World Wars; Lutyens to Loos (1900- 1920)
  4. Frank Lloyd Wright to the Bauhaus; International Modernism in an age of Nationalism (1914-1933)
  5. Art Deco to Utility; the masks of Modernism (1924-1950)
  6. Festival of Britain to Pop; consuming consumerism (1951-1970)
  7. Béton Brut to Postmodernism (1960-1980)
  8. The New Vernacular, High-tech and Classical Revival; technology and its aftermaths (1970-1990)
  9. The Right to Buy; the flat-pack revolution (1979-1999)
  10. Designing Today: ecology, 'retro' and digital (2000-today)

Session topics may be subject to change.

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