Products in Context: Theories of Industrial Design

DID30003 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One semester

Contact hours

  • 36

Aims and objectives

This seminar unit will address the history of industrial design activity in Australia. The unit starts with an overview of Australian designers’ participation at recent world expos beginning with 'Shanghai 2010', before investigating the field’s historical antecedents in the Industrial Revolution. The suburban home is selected as a site to explore industrial design practice, the consumption of designed products and their contribution to notions of home, family and gender roles. The learning objectives of the unit provide students with a deep understanding of the practice of industrial design across time and space, and as a form of cultural production.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Articulate design history as a field between academic history and design practice
2. Trace the development and evolution of design history in Australia and selected international sources
3. Explore the historical responsibilities of designing for and with people and the environment
4. Understand a material culture approach to design history based on archival research and critical analysis of artefacts