Making + Meaning: Materials

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

M + M: Prototyping

Fall 2022

Taught By: Ryan Haselman

Section: A

CRN: 9148

Credits: 3

This course is about prototyping as creative technique and as concept. It combines design practice in the studio with theoretical instruction, as an inclusive method of applied critique. Material and conceptual prototypes are developed and tested against the background of positioning critical design practice in the digital age. In today’s design culture the emphasis has shifted from the realized, manufactured object to the digital concept, which is meant to entice investors to support the advent of a novelty that can be integrated into an existing market. New digital design and manufacturing technologies, combined with communication across media platforms, leads an increasingly shortened cycle of producing prototypes as mere applications (often, literally, as apps). Conversely, prototypes in manufacture are established as models from which other forms can be developed; they are templates or moulds that serve as original forms to be copied and serialized. Prototypes are anterior to the type-form of an object; they establish a typology, a genre or family of things. Through a series of studio workshops and seminars the course thus debates the contrasting practical and theoretical aspects of the prototype. From the distinction between various functions of prototypes, via testing methods, to conceptual notions of typology or genre, the course combines the production of prototypes with their cultural meaning.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 17

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:04pm EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 602

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022