73471 - History of Industrial Design T-II

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  • Teacher Sofia Nannini

  • Credits 6

  • SSD ICAR/18

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Industrial Design (cod. 8182)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2021 to Dec 21, 2021


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Throughout the course, the students will develop a deep knowledge regarding the history of industrial design since the industrial revolution. Students will also acquire the tools to critically read and analyse the most important events of the history of design worldwide.

Course contents

The course retraces the history of industrial design since the second half of the nineteenth century in Europe, United States and beyond. The aim of the course is to discuss the history of this discipline and its interconnections with architecture, arts, politics and society.


Suggested textbook:

Domitilla Dardi, e Vanni Pasca. Manuale di storia del design. Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana Editoriale, 2019.

Further reading:

Fiorella Bulegato, e Elena Dellapiana. Il design degli architetti italiani 1920–2000. Milano: Electa, 2014.

Renato De Fusco. Storia del design. Roma-Bari: Laterza, tutte le edizioni.

Adrian Forty. Objects of Desire. Design and Society since 1750. London: Thames & Hudson, 1987 (ristampa 2005).

Deyan Sudjic. Il linguaggio delle cose. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2009.

Maurizio Vitta. Il progetto della bellezza: il design tra arte e tecnica dal 1851 a oggi. Torino: Einaudi, 2011.

Further reading on specific topics will be provided by the teacher at the end of each lesson.

Teaching methods

Lectures (in person and online), seminars, on-site visits.

Assessment methods

An interview and a written paper. The details will be discussed during the course.

Teaching tools

Power point presentations, readings, on-site visits, seminars with experts, etc.

Office hours

See the website of Sofia Nannini