Welcome to Design Studies
“Design is that area of human experience, skill and knowledge which is concerned with man’s ability to mould his environment to suit his material and spiritual needs.” – B. Archer
Design is evident, often rather simply, in every facet of society. Sometimes design is a complex feature. In any context, design brings a sense of order to the world. Design entails discovering solutions that correspond to the user, task, and context of use. Well-designed objects correspond to their context so well that they are easy to use and beneficial to the user. Design is:
- A discipline that explores the dialogue between products, people, and contexts.
- A process that defines a solution to help people achieve their goals.
- An artifact produced as the result of a created solution.
The Design Studies courses at SHS are part of the Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC) cluster of the new Career & Technology Studies (CTS) Program. These courses aim to assist students to become aware of design in their environments and to engage them in the design process to create designs for diverse contexts, utilizing a variety of media tools.