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C Studio II: Designing Communications for Interactions: Connecting History


Tagged as: Communications, Interaction Design, Sophomore, Undergraduate
Our design history is rich with people, places, things, and movements that greatly influence the ways that we teach, practice, and enjoy design. Similar to present day class cohorts, historical ‘visual visionaries’ shared backgrounds, interests, and approaches to design, creating synergies that were often magical and highly impactful.Early in the spring 2016 semester, sophomore communication design students at Carnegie Mellon were tasked with uncovering important connections among key people. Each student explored one person in depth, making note of interesting tidbits, while investigating influences on present day design practices. The class found commonalities among the people they were studying, which led them to map connections on a wall of the studio using sticky notes.The students then set out to share their discoveries. They each wrote a biography that articulated the importance of the person they studied. Each biography served as a core component of a multi-faceted story that was constructed using text and images. While learning about grid systems, typography, and composition, students wove together layers of information to form three spreads of this book and a website that highlights key aspects of their focal person.The students’ efforts culminated in a rich design history book and a set of websites that features twenty-two 'visual visionaries'. These communication pieces not only feature important facets of our design history but also provide a glimpse of what the students find relevant to their current practice of design.
Jan Tschichold
by Natalie Harmon
Connecting History
by Christie Chong
Connecting History
by Lily Fulop
Connecting History
by Bettina Chou
Connecting History
by Carolyn Zhou
Connecting History
by Raphael Weikart
Connecting History
by Faith Kaufman
Connecting History: Josef Müller-Brockmann
by Sara Remi Fields
Connecting History
by Anqi Wan
Connecting Histories: Paul Rand
by Lily Kim
Connecting History
by Rufeng Ji

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