52,5 hp inom huuvdområdet Produktdesign varav samtliga 30 hp från kursen Produktdesign: Designmetodik, eller
60 hp inom området design.
No main field.
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
This course is a part of the B.A. programme Product Design’s second year
Material Driven Design (MDD) is a creative and explorative design method that facilitate design processes in which materials are the main driver. By working with an explorative approach, the student understands the material in-depth e.g. experiential qualities, technical properties and the material’s purpose within a situational whole. In the course, the MDD-method will be used for working with semi-developed or exploratory materials, designing new materials from e.g. waste streams or renewable and organic raw materials. During the course, the student is expected to develop an in-depth understanding of technical properties and experiential qualities of materials as well as manufacturing techniques, from a design perspective. The student is expected to demonstrate the ability to present a well-argued selection of material and manufacturing techniques based on the underlying reasons for the users’ material experiences. The course is based on a group project with materials as the point of departure in the design process.
Material Driven Design: theory, method and project
After completing the course students will have demonstrated the ability to:
conduct a line of reasoning about the relevance of a material’s sensorial qualities, technical properties and manufacturing techniques, and thereby show the ability to reflect on the complexity of material exploration and selection processes in design projects
explain how material properties are affected by different manufacturing methods
explore and analyse the sensorial characteristics of a material through user studies
explore and analyse technical properties of a material by performing a tinkering process with the material
qualify a material for what it is and for what it does; what it expresses to us, what it elicits from us, and what it makes us do, and to perform a critical reflection on the materials expected environmental effects
Instruction consists of lectures, a workshop, guided tinkering sessions, design criticism, supervision and self-study. It is considered important that the student takes an active part in teacher-directed learning and actively contributes to student lead course activities. In the course, the student practices to reflect on one’s own process i.e. reflective practice.
Material driven design: Theory and method (4,5 hp). Assessed by design documentation in groups, and active participation in critique sessions (expected learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3) Material driven design: Project (3hp). Assessed by design documentation in groups, active participation in critique sessions, and active participation in a final presentation (expected learning outcomes 4 and 5).
Course literature and other study material
Elvin Karana, Materials Experience: Contemporary Issues In Materials and Product Design, Butterworth Heinemann, 2013, ISBN: 9780080993591
Karana, Barati, Rognoli & van der Laan, Material driven design (MDD): A method to design for material experiences, International Journal of Design, 2015, 9, 2, 35-54
Kääriäinen, P., Tervinen, L., Vuorinen, T., & Riutta, N. , 2020, The CHEMARTS cookbook, Aalto University publication series CROSSOVER, 1/2020, ISBN: 978-952-60-8803-7 (electronic), ISBN 978-952-60-8802-0 (printed)
Other recommended literature:
Michael F.Ashby, Kara Johnson, Materials and Design, Butterworth Heinemann, 2009, ISBN: 9781856174978
Rob Thompson, Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2007, ISBN: 9780500513750
Rob Thompson, Martin Thompson, Manufacturing Processes for Textile and Fashion Design Professionals, Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2014, ISBN 9780500517413
Solanki, S., 2018, Why materials matter: responsible design for a better world, Prestel Publishing
Myers, W., 2012, Bio design, Nature, Science, Creativity, Thames & Hudson Ltd
he University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).
If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.