Apparel Merchandising / Interior Design | Design Methods
H363 | 0533 | Mitchell


Meeting Day and Time M, W, 8:00-9:15

Course Description and Content

Design methods, design research, and programmatic information
pertinent to solution of residential and contract design problems

Course Overview

Often a design process ends with the thought
"If we had known at the start what we know now we'd
never have designed it like this."
One of the main reasons for seeking new methods is to avoid
this "learning too late."

John Chris Jones, Design Methods, 2nd ed.

As Jones' quote indicates, the key to design methods is
informing, and improving, design decision making.  Whereas
historical and precedent studies tend to focus on the geometrical
or formal bases for design, and work in the studio addresses
immediate technical and pragmatic requirements for design, the
use of design methods falls somewhere in between, providing a
means for integrating the formal and programmatic requirements
of design.

Required Texts and Readings

A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, et al
How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
Inquiry by Design by John Zeisel

Outline Course Requirements

For more information see:

http://www.indiana.edu/~iucdp/h363syllabus99.html