March 1 2016
History in an essay

The text of the student Albert Margalef, which you can read below is the result of four months of work on the subject Theory and History of Design in the first year Degree in Design.

Students must write a scientific paper or essay explaining what design is, when born, how it develops, what discussions or topics discussed designers each season on the ornament, function and form what are historicism, how important are the materials in the design process, what is the relationship between science and design, at birth the main laws of visual communication, ultimately, what major jumps occur in the history of design from 1779 to 1933, which is the period that we have a class this semester.


For this reason students rely on primary sources such as texts delivered to the lab Viollet- le-Duc, William Morris, Henry van de Velde, Adolf Loos, Walter Gropius, Theo van Doesburg, Futurists, Constructivists, De Stijl , Bauhaus, Lev Manovich, Daniel Canogar, Renato de Fusco, Herbert Spencer, et cetera. Are based on the analysis of products, artifacts, objects designed during the most important period.


The professor argues that "thought is language," so if the student knows how to tell the story of the design means that it has acquired the knowledge presented in the classroom. The aim of this paper is to show how knowledge has been acquired and how they will play. In the case of Albert Margalef writing has been excellent, pleasant, rich, applied successfully to convert digested the information of historical facts experiential knowledge put into play in another context. Margalef has synthesized the ideas and written bringing his vision and reflection, justified with solid arguments. Has generated a discourse with originality in approach, linking the past with the present.

I leave you with the text of a student to see the results of our work in the classroom. We hope you like it.


Article written by Antoni Mañach, professor and member of the Unit of Prospective Analysis and Design of ESDi (University department of Theory of Design and Development).