The objectives of this task are to:
• Further develop your ability to find, assess, and use a variety of quality sources that are relevant to your topic (Research).
• Develop your understanding of a particular historical context (Knowledge and comprehension).
• Discern a variety of significant agencies within a historical context, demonstrated through texts and visuals (Analysis).
• Produce an academic style design history essay that make a well supported claim backed by your research (Synthesis).
• Demonstrate a reasonable level of competency and rigour in referencing (Referencing).
Your work will be assessed on how well it demonstrates these five objectives.ask description.
Your task is to write an essay style response to one of the following questions:
Tony Fry (1988) argues that there are various approaches to studying and representing design history. What are two of these approaches, and what effect do they have on how we understand and/or research design? Find and discuss at least one recent example of a design history publication from each approach which shows how the field of design history has changed in the last 25 years.
To answer this question you will need to analyse (at least) two of the 7 approaches to researching design history described in the Fry reading.One of the approaches you choose will need to be either connoisseurship or canonisation.
Discuss how Nicholas Pevsner’s text ‘Pioneers of Modern Design’ (1936) both expanded and constrained the way in which design history was initially approached. What were the advantages and disadvantages of his approach? Find and discuss at least three subsequent examples of design history publications that expand upon Pevsners view of what was initially included in the field of design history.