Please follow these guidelines, once your designer and object has been selected
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Please follow these guidelines, once your designer and object has been selected by your instructor (from the options submitted in Assignment #1)
The artiste I chose is Sue Coe .
When including images in your research essay there is a format to follow. Do not copy and paste images within the text of your essay. This breaks up the continuity of your words.
ALL images should go on separate pages at the end of the essay. Please follow the format in the attached document. I am fine with 2 images (with captions) per page. Captions do not have URL sources on them.
Illustration pages should be numbered in order of discussion within your essay: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. The first time you mention the image in the text include Figure 1 or Figure 2, etc in parenthesis next to it. You only need to do this the first time it is mentioned. See example below:
The focus of my research investigates the humanistic approach to design seen in the Egg Chair (Figure 1). This chair was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1956 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.
The object should be related to or representative of styles / movements covered in the class. It does not necessarily have to be the most successful or popular object of its time or the designer / architect / artist. Once selected, the focus of your essay is to be on HOW this particular object was designed. You will examine and analyze the form and function of the object chosen. You will consider, HOW it is a visual document of the its’ time — what the object “says” about a particular time period. Your task is to hypothesize an answer to the question, “So, why does it look like that?” This focus will also allow you to investigate and discuss HOW your object is an example of a successful design, or not.
Note: This is not a “report” on the object. Please don’t begin your essay with the words, “This report will…..”
Also keep in mind, this is not an essay about how influential the designer of the object was / is. Nor is it a biography, either of your designer or the company she/he may have worked for or even created. Rather, you are looking more deeply into the design process by examining how designers think about their worlds and the larger societal problems they try to solve through good design, and how those solutions resonate through society.
In addition to describing, analyzing, and concluding on the design of the object chosen the following are to be included:
Identification and a brief discussion of the designer of the object – consider including information that is relevant to the design of the object.
Identification and discussion of the design movement / style it is part of OR related to. One way to successfully prove your points is to compare and contrast the object chosen to one that is examined in class. REMEMBER, the design movements / styles in the Modules have specific dates associated with them; therefore, your object might date later and have similar characteristics but not be part of the original design movement / style.
Analysis of FOUR elements and / or principles of design.
Discussion of innovations / technological advancements use to design the object.
Socio-historical context and its impact on the object. Here it is very important to make the connection between the object and how it is a visual document of the time. Think about what was happening within the ten years of the creation of your object. HOW did the events affect the designer and the design of the object?
Length: Minimum 6-8 pages not counting illustrations or the Works Cited Page.
The Essay needs a title that tells the reader what it’s about.
11 or 12 point *readable* font, black ink, printed out with your name in the header of each page & pages numbered.
All illustrations should be individually labeled; charts or tables should be large enough to read easily. All of these should be at the end of your essay, NOT within the text. Also, see the Sample Illustration Page in the next content page.
A minimum of 10 reputable and academic sources are required.
If possible, two books are required. ebooks are acceptable.
Use academic internet sources (museums, scholarly articles, art/design press).
A properly formatted Essay including Works Cited Page is required in the MLA Format.
NO blogs or Wikipedia should be used. These are not considered academic sources.
For Assignment #1 due on Week 4: Select one designer from this list. Then, select TWO objects designed by the designer. You will submit your choices to me on Week 4. The guidelines for the assignment will be posted in Module 4.
I will assign your research topic from your choices. The goal is to not have repetitive topics. It is imperative that you check my comments on your returned assignment.
Look for objects that are visually interesting; ones that you want to discover more about and connect to the socio-historical context.
You will consider, HOW it is a visual document of the its’ time — what the object “says” about a particular time period.
Do not choose a building or painting.
I have provided birth and death dates of each designer so you can determine when they were designing.
REMEMBER: the essay is NOT on the designer; it is on the design of the object. Therefore, don’t get frustrated if you can’t find lots of sources on the designer. Looks for sources on the time period, style or movement (s) that were occurring, materials used, technology available, etc.
Archibald Knox (1864-1933)
Katherine McCoy (b. 1945) Gae Aulenti (1927-2012) Edward Johnston (1872-1944)
Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1918-2006)
Paul Rand (1914-96) Benita Koch-Otte (1892-1976)
Critz Campbell (current) Bruno Mathsson (1907-88) Henry Dreyfuss (1904-1972) René Vincent (1879-1936)
Lurelle Guild (1898-1985) Michele De Lucchi (b. 1951) Fernando and Humberto Campana (current) Sheila Hicks (b. 1934) Robert Crumb (b. 1943) Neville Brody (b. 1957)
Alexander Girard (1907-93) Olga de Amaral (b. 1937)
Charlotte Perriand (1903-99)
Maija Isola (1927-2001)
Edgar Brandt (1880-1960)
Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991)
Harold van Doren (1895-1957)
Wirte about this artist Sue Coe (b. 1951)