Saturday, September 20, 2008

Design factors

Here's a list of design factors developed on our first day of class.

1. comfort
2. durability
3. style
4. price
5. function
6. ease of use
7. materials
8. packaging
9. popularity
10. mobility
11. size
12. shape
13. color
14. quality
15. efficiency
16. value
17. producer
18. environmental impact
19. health impact

You can see more class photos as part of this online album

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Welcome class of 2012

Welcome to Kalamazoo College and to the Design Intelligence seminar!

If you're interested, you can use the links at the right to browse earlier posts or look at student blogs from last fall.

Here's a short course description:

This course will look at the role of design in the world around us. Our emphasis will be on features, feel and function rather than on the aesthetics of design. We will consider why some designs work well and others work poorly. We will think about how and why things are designed in particular ways. We will look at the economic and environmental implications of design choices.

The broader goal of this class is to develop and refine skills necessary to succeed in college and in your career. We will work on discussion skills, presentation skills, analytic skills, and writing skills