Information Design

Design History and Design Theories

Lecture, 2.00 ECTS


Course content


The lecture will give a history of design from 19th century to the present.
A short introduction to main problems of design, an overview of the most important design schools, a presentation of designers.
These themes will be discussed under consideration of social and economic contexts.

Language of instruction: German





Learning outcomes

Basic knowledge of the history of design, emphasis on major designers and important design schools.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Rudi Baur; Michael Erlhoff: Design studieren. Paderborn 2007
Uta Brandes, Michael Erlhoff, Nadine Schemmann: Designtheorie, Designforschung. Paderborn 2009
Bernhard E. Bürdek: Design. Geschichte, Theorie und Praxis der Produktgestaltung. Basel, Boston, Berlin 2005
Beat Schneider: Design – Eine Einführung, Basel 2005
Wibke Weber (Hrsg.): Kompendium Informationsdesign. Berlin, Heidelberg 2008

Mode of delivery

Lecture, discussion, presentation, partner- and group work, one-minute-papers, paper

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam, active participation in class (presentation, wiki, one-minute-papers)