University of Technology Sydney

84610 Inside Design

6cp; 4hpw (2.5hr practice-oriented studio, 1.5hr theory-oriented workshop)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


Designed products play an important role in everyday activities. Products facilitate particular ways of doing things and make these activities pleasurable. In this way, they encourage us to incorporate particular habits and practices into our lives. They shape our identity, our possibilities, and our preferences. Product design both serves and shapes everyday patterns of life that have consequences for our ongoing sense of fulfilment, our health, and our impact on wider societal and environmental systems. Designers need to develop not only expertise in their craft, but also an insight into the ways that designed things shape human experience and impact more-than-human ecosystems.

This subject introduces students to current directions in product design practice, and into contemporary ways of thinking about the roles that products play in human lives and wider ecologies. An understanding of the impact of products in contemporary worlds is developed by reference to social theory, philosophy of technology and material semiotics. This material is introduced through a series of weekly lecture/workshop sessions. The craft of making is introduced through a six week Product Design studio. Skills necessary for the design of service systems and user experience pathways are introduced in a six week Product-Service-Systems studio. Together, the lecture/workshops and studios provide a broad introduction to the activities and understandings that underpin the practice of product design.

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