73453 - Design Methods T (A-K)

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Andreas Sicklinger

  • Learning modules (Modulo 1)
    Andreas Sicklinger (Modulo 2)

  • Credits 5

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

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

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student is confronted with a real case of design problem and, starting from the re brief, can identify the achievable result margins, prefigure the project research path and the design process to be adopted.

Course contents

The Design Methodology course aims to reflect critically on the themes of design culture in all its forms, investigating the methods and operational practices consistent with the design of an industrial artifact. We will discuss specific approaches and specific themes. We also compare "materials" that constitute the project in their way of proposal, through theories and methods, as well as through operational actions. This will be done by exposing completed topics or metaphors that evoke the emotional core of the project action. Finally, with a look to the near future, we will examine the invariant subjects of the project and the variables in relation to the contexts that go from the industrial revolution to the contemporary scenarios.


Beau Lotto: Deviate – The Science of Seeing Differently, New York 2017

Bruno Munari, Da cosa nasce cosa. Appunti per una metodologia progettuale. Ediz. Illustrata, Bari 2017

Bruce Hanington a.o., Universal Methods of Design: 100 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions , Beverly 2012

Teaching methods

Knowledge and ability to understand

The course offers the student the knowledge of the scenarios related to the design methodologies prevailing in the field of Design and the tools to acquire the critical ability to understand the contents that characterize the differences, in the temporary arc that goes from the industrial revolution to today.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

The lessons are also designed to provide the student with materials and tools, which allow them to apply their knowledge and how critically analyzed to research areas such as: the relationships between cultural, scientific, productive and specific design methodologies; the relationships between artistic movements; the formal and performance characteristics of industrial artefacts in relation to specific design methodologies.

Autonomy of judgment

The lessons and teaching materials of the course are organized in order to determine the ability of self-assessment of students through personal responses that, on the basis of the information they will possess, can provide by explaining the connections between the different methods and the different design theories. respect to different cultural and scientific contexts. Communication skills The didactic material and the listening to the lessons will allow the students to express themselves and to argue adequately and appropriately, in relation to the topics dealt with.

Learning ability

The concepts and skills of application of the same, assimilated through the lessons must be enriched and reworked by the student during and at the end of the entire course of study, for the benefit of their timely acquisition.

Assessment methods

The exam is in written form.

It will consist in the elaboration of anthological collections and themes of writings which have been studied, introduced by premises. Each group of students will have to collect the material from the books that will be assigned to them on the basis of what was presented during the lessons. The teacher will, in due course, provide the students with the list of texts and the Format for the anthological collections. Communication skills and learning skills will also be assessed through direct interactions between teacher and student that will take place during the use of the course.

Teaching tools

Handouts frontal lessons

blackboard, computer, projector

Office hours

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