DES-659-01: Special Topics: Emerging Practices

Wednesday 3–5:50pm
Steuben Hall, Room 408
3.0 credits
Santiago, Piedrafita, Chairperson
Adjunct Associate Professor Katya Moorman
Office Location:
Pratt Brooklyn, Design Center, Steuben Hall, office 404 Email address

Weekly Schedule

Required Reading
New Power by Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms
Rise & Resist by Clare Press
Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawthorne

course description

Multiplatform Design addresses the design of communications, digital content, and digital product development that describe the landscape of new media. Participatory culture, fan communities, and digital activism bring about issues of governance in media, and the cultural implication of strategic content decisions for privacy, censorship, code of conduct, community formation, and related issues. Students will look at "wicked problems" and how our increased reliance on digital platforms has altered the landscape in political, social and economic structures. There will be an emphasis on the translation of political and social movements via digital interfaces and the consequences. i.e. privacy, the rise of totalitarianism, the #metoo movement etc. Students will explore the potential for upending social fabrics in their chosen area of interest in this class with a focus on participatory practice. We will look at how different groups are manipulating emerging media to radicalize social and political spaces.


course goals

  • To understand the current ways of communication via technology and the cultural implication of strategic content decisions for privacy, censorship, code of conduct, community formation, and related issues.

  • To instill intellectual curiosity and creative thinking into the design process

  • To effectively deduce, identify, and employ intellectual curiosity, critical, and visual thinking

  • To be able to prioritize, assess, interpret and effectively communicate messages utilizing visual communication platforms

  • To enable the student to develop a mature design voice and creatively communicate ideas and messages across various design platforms

  • To demonstrate a point of view that describes the role of design and design thinking in the context of social impact

student learning objectives

  • Students will apply various structures, systems, techniques and design principles to their actualized solution

  • Students will analyze and defend their creative tactics and solutions

  • Students will lead discussions on various creative strategies

  • Students will identify a problem (problem seeking), and apply design process and research methodology towards a solution (definition, ideation, synthesis, realization, evaluation)

  • Students will apply critical thinking to create unique design solutions

  • Students will select the communication platform and justify the project/solution based on the chosen subject/topic

  • Students will embrace concerns both economic and ergonomic

  • Students will intelligently analyze, interpret and critique solutions

  • Students will write detailed design proposals and give professional presentations