week three

Read, and be prepared to discuss, Ulrich’s chapter 2 — “Problem Solving and Design.”
Within the taxonomy of (six kinds of) problems, there are design problems, plus : selection problems, system improvement problems, tuning problems, crises, and wicked problems.
Ulrich has a bias in favor of “structured” and “deliberate” processes. Designers (and artists) may have a bias in favor of action, but we can think of “design problem definition” and “exploration” as somewhat unruly passages in a deliberate process.
The relationship of design with innovation (p21) is worth dwelling on (particularly “technology push”).
Think of “elegance” (p22) in terms of sprezzatura

John expects to talk briefly about emblematics as it relates to graphic design, with focus on combination of elements to make or investigate a point or topic. We talked briefly last Wednesday about Castiglione’s conception of sprezzatura — “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it” — and how it might relate to the designed object, and specifically to the vertu contained by that object.

We will also look more closely at recent work by David Buckley Borden, who will join us for part of our meeting on Wednesday 7 February.
Our questions for David may relate to his method as a designer/public artist, in terms of interventions in various situations of critical interest. His educational background is business school (entrepreneurship) and a graduate degree in landscape architecture.

further ahead,
we will be reading Ulrich’s chapter 3 — “Design Problem Definition” — and relating his ways of thinking about design, to the relationship between User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design, as introduced by Harshita Aora,
What’s the difference between UX and UI design?
(Aora is a “16 year old programmer and entrepreneur.”)

aside (and optional) —
Read Jason Farago’s review of First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone, an exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas —
Stone Age Tools, or Art? Or Both? : A Dallas show of Paleolithic artifacts proposes a new genealogy of aesthetic history.” in The New York Times (February 2, 2018) : C17
The essay explores the question of whether these objects are tools or “art”, and what is entailed in our thinking of them as either or both.