Course title
Form in Design

ASHIZAWA Yusuke Click to show questionnaire result at 2019
Course description
In designing, we eventually design something. On the other hands, Design is not limited only physical objects, but includes both tangible and intangible, such as interface, information, system, and so on. At we consider "what design should be?," we should consider various factors as biology, psychology, engineering, and society, and we select right alternative from the viewpoint of comprehensive perspective. In order to do that, there are many theories we should know in advance. In this class, we will learn about basic theories that should be understood in designing, and also we discuss from based on examples.
Purpose of class
We aim at understand the form that is a important factor of design as logically, as emotionally, and acquire basic theories to design forms.
Goals and objectives
  1. Students can guess reasons why they designed this form from the various view point when they watched objects.
  2. Students are able to design forms in consideration of psychological aspect that should be considered.
  3. Students understand basic techniques to compose and design forms.
  4. Students understand basic techniques to develop ideas.
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction
We explain : how to proceed this class, lecture of what is design.
Read books and papers including the definition of design. 180minutes
2. [Factors of design]
Lecture of "what affects their design."
Write report. 180minutes
3. [Mono and Koto]
Learn the concepts of "Mono" and "Koto" that are important in designing.
Read the book introduced in the class and write report. 180minutes
4. [Methods of Design]
After learning how to calculate perspective, we discuss the meaning of various design techniques.
Research literature introduced in the class and write report. 180minutes
5. [Human and design-1]
Learn about human characteristics in order to answer the question"what is good design?."
Read the book introduced in the class and write report. 180minutes
6. [Human and design-2]
Learn about the relationship between human characteristics and affordance.
Write report. 180minutes
7. [Design history and design thinking]
Learn the essential meaning of the word "Design thinking" while unraveling the history of design.
Write report. 180minutes
8. [Evolutionary biology and design]
Learn how human characteristics can be found from the viewpoint of evolutionary biology, and how adopt their characteristics in designing.
Write report. 180minutes
9. [Design and Data]
Learn about the concepts and calculations of various design data, such as CAD.
Write report. 180minutes
10. [System and design]
When we set the objective of design "change human behavior," physical objects are not always necessary. In this lecture, we discuss design from a system perspective by using examples.
Write report. 180minutes
11. [Comprehensive consideration and design development]
Learn the methodology for "considering and improving proposals from a comprehensive perspective."
Write report. 180minutes
12. Design practice 1
Designers talk their experience and theories.
Write report. 180minutes
13. Design practice 2
Designers talk their experience and theories.
Write report. 180minutes
14. An examination Learn again about examination contents. 180minutes
Total. - - 2520minutes
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Reports Examination Total.
1. 10% 15% 25%
2. 10% 15% 25%
3. 10% 15% 25%
4. 20% 5% 25%
Total. 50% 50% -
Evaluation method and criteria
We make judgments of S, A and B for each report (S: having adequate and logical description and also having own consideration / A: Less than S but described appropriate content / B: the content is not appropriate), and give 10 points for S, 5 points for A and 0 points for B.
For reports, we calculate the final score based on the following calculation formula, and this score is added to the final exam (maximum score is 50 points) and it is the final score for evaluation.
【Report score calculation formula】
Final score of reports = (report total point / number of reports) × 5

* We change evaluation method and criteria depend on class situation. We announce it in class if change those.
Textbooks and reference materials
Product Design (Japanese only) / Japan Industrial Designers Association /ISBN-10 ‏: ‎4802511957 / ISBN-13 : 978-4802511957
The Design of Everyday Things / Donald A. Norman / ISBN-10 : 0262525674 / ISBN-13 : 978-0262525671
Read the book of above.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • AM 11~12 or PM 15~17 of wednesday, or 12:30 - 13:10 of Thursday at Shibaura Campus, and an appointment in advance is required.
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic self-management skills
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
More than one class is interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Applicable A teacher who has experience of managing the Good Design Award teaches points to review design based on the actual reviewing points in the screening of Good Design Award.
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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