Industrial Design in the 20th-Century United States





This seminar posits a cultural history of industrial design in the United States vis-à-vis significant economic, political, social, and technological changes during the 20th century. Topics addressed include the legacy of the Arts and Crafts movement; Taylorism and Fordism; the impact of World Wars I and II; the rise of the industrial design profession; modernism and postmodernism; and issues of gender, multiculturalism, globalization, and sustainability. Case studies of individual designers and manufacturers are discussed. Sources considered include objects, films, exhibition catalogues, period writings, and recent criticism. Student visits to museum collections and other sites are required. 3 credits.