Design Beyond Normalcy

Parsons School of Design: Art, Media & Technology

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Design Beyond Normalcy

Fall 2019

Taught By: Jeffrey Kasper and Erica Kermani

Section: A

CRN: 7596

Credits: 3

Design Beyond Normalcy is a project-based, making and writing intensive course that explores disability studies and a variety of design disciplines to center the perspective and histories of non-normative bodies, emotions, senses, and minds. This course challenges the tropes about disability, and empathy as a main vector of design “for” marginalized groups, eliminating broad claims for “design for the good of all”. Class members will practice a designer-as-facilitator framework grounded in embodied and co-authored research in collaboration with one another and external mentors. Topics include history of technology & medicine, and communications design approaches such as: interface and exhibition design, standards for alt-text and visual description, inclusive and universal design principles, community-based disability design activism and social design, among others. Early course content will introduce class members to disability culture via memoir and documentary forms. Through weekly writing and a creative term project class members will have the opportunity to center their own experiences with disability, health, and illness, empowering emergent collective design approaches, experimental design strategies, prototyping, and hacking for radical accessibility.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art, Media & Technology (PSAM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 9:15am 6/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019