ARCH6080 - Design Theory History

Title:Design Theory History
Long Title:Design Theory History
Module Code:ARCH6080
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Architecture & Urban Environment
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: April 2024
Module Coordinator: Samuel Vardy
Module Description: Design Theory History explores the intersection of the cultural relationship between technology, culture and art which diverges to become design.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the context and development of key movements, designers and periods from 1800s to the present day in the history of design.
LO2 Review the importance of a designer's body of work and their key influences.
LO3 Illustrate a movement through the work of a single designer.
LO4 Categorise the differences between movements and debate the reasons for counter movements.
LO5 Recognise the visual language pertinent to various movements and be able to identify that movement through a piece work.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Regency & Revivals Industrial Revolution
Neo-Gothic, Collegiate Gothic, Augustus Pugin (UCC & Cobh), Ruskin, Burges, Westminster Palace. Production of illustrated journals. Nash, Soane, Greek Revival. Expanding industry, culture of industry, new materials and process, beyond the printed page, wallpaper and fabric printing.
Victorian Taste & Style
Period of transformation, industrial Revolution, development of industry and technology, interventions, the beginning of mass production. Mansions, middle class houses, public buildings, shaker design, early skyscraper. Mass production of Print, development of new professions in print industry. Royal pavilion at Brighton by John Nash, the Great Exhibition, Joseph Paxton and Crystal Palace. Iron and glass, Industrialisation, printing, Morris and his wallpapers, Thonet and the Bentwood chair both mass production and the separation of design from art. Design society and standards, early design reform, industry and its discontents, Henry Cole and the Cole Group, popular graphic images.
Arts & Crafts Movement
William Morris, Ruskin. Germany -Multhusius writing about English housing and why its humanistic. Links to modernism – Voysey & Mackintosh. Netherlands, Berlage. America, Stickley and the Roycrofters, Bradley, Richardson. Frank Lloyd Wright the ‘machine and technology’. Illustration and Type.
Art Nouveau
Horta, van de Velde, Gaudi, Japanese and Celtic revival influences. Art Noveau in print, Alphonse Mucha, Will Bradley, Margaret Mac Donald Mackintosh.
The Vienna Secession & the Glasgow School
Joseph Olbrich, Otto Wagner and modern architecture, Joseph Hoffmann, Loos, Tiffany Sullivan, Macintosh, Deutcher Werkbund, Expressionism, graphic design and print, Henry van de Velde.
The production line, pioneers of modernism, Muthesius, Detucher Werkbund, De Stijl, Gerrit Rietveld, Lilly Reich. Revolutionary Graphics, Less is more. Eileen Gray.
Historicism & Art Deco
The Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Hunt, Mc Kim, Mead & White, public buildings, early skyscrapers, the rise of the Interior Decorator – De Wolfe, Wood McMillen. Saarinen and Cranbrook Academy, Stripped Classicism. Eclecticism for the masses, houses, apt, furniture. Art Deco: interiors, furniture design, textile Design, lighting, ocean liners. Industrial Design: Lowey product design, the introduction of technology, hiding it in furniture, a focus on geometry.
Theo Van Doesburg. Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The machine aesthetic, modernist textiles.
Organic Design
Danish Modern, Scandinavian glass & ceramics, Halsingborg Exhibition, La Ricostruzione, Festival of Britain
Totalitarian Style-War Architecture & Design
Prefabrication and use of steel. War technology, graphics, the birth of branding, war posters. Swiss neutrality & virtue, American Kitsch.
Post World War II
Cold war, Germany rationalism & recovery, Post WWII affluence, consumerism – light bulb theory, post war plastics, post war domestic design, Japan & quality control.
Space Age
Brand loyalty, disposable design, graphic sign posts, plastic fantastic the modern consumer.
Pop Art
Mid-century design, the birth of interiors and post pop art and design & 70s plastic interiors. Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Eduardo Paolozzi. Back to the past, corporate identities, objects of desire, punk.
Charles Jencks, Ettore Sottsass, Frog, Memphis Design, Portland building. Industrial chic, Alessi, style bibles, virtual desktop, problem solving, de-constructivism.
Refined design, abstract notions of space, light & immateriality. Phillip Stark, Japanese ‘no brand’, IKEA. Form follows fun, deconstructed typography, super star designers, upcycling.
Post Postmodernism
Meaning of miniaturization, technology, contemporary design, development in plastics, shock tactics, new British décor, hands on design.
Digital Design
Design with conscience, sustainability, modern retro, public realm.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Visual timeline presentation of aspect from design history 1,4,5 40.0 Week 6
Essay Draft essay proposal on aspect from design history 2,3,5 20.0 Week 9
Essay Essay on aspect from design history (final submission) 2,3,5 40.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self directed learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self directed learning 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Jeannie Ireland 2018, History of Interior Design, 2nd Ed., Fairchild Books an Imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc 50 Bedford Sq, London, WC1B 3DP, UK. [ISBN: 9781501319884]
  • John Pile 2013, A History of Interior Design, 4th Ed., Laurence King Publishing 361-373 City Road, London EC1V 1LR, UK. [ISBN: 9781780672915]
  • David Raizman 2010, History of Modern Design, 2nd Ed., Laurence King Publishing 361–373 City Road, London, EC1V 1LR, UK. [ISBN: 9781856696944]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Stephen Calloway (Editor) 2005, INTERIORS : ELEMENTS OF STYLE: Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Details, 3rd Ed., Firefly Books, Limited Canada [ISBN: 9781554070794]
  • DK 2013, Great Designs, 1st Ed., DK; UK [ISBN: 9781409319412]
  • DK 2015, Design: The Definitive Visual History, 1st Ed., DK Lodon, UK [ISBN: 9780241185650]
  • Grace Lees-Maffei 2010, The Design History Reader, 1st Ed., Berg Publishers Oxford, England [ISBN: 9781847883896]
  • Judith Miller 1999, Period Details Sourcebook, 1st Ed., Mitchell Beazley UK [ISBN: 9781840001372]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_DINAR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Interior Architecture 2 Mandatory
CR_DIARC_7 Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture 2 Mandatory