Design for Living focus of summer 2014 MSU Interior Design course
Design is a fundamental human activity. Those interested in learning more about design are encouraged to register for the Michigan State University summer course "IDES 140 & Design for Living."
By: SPDC Communications
Design is a fundamental human activity. Those interested in learning more about design are encouraged to register for the Michigan State University summer course "IDES 140 – Design for Living." With MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) Interior Design Program Instructor Kristy Kellom, students will explore the user experience of a variety of built environments, from a designer’s perspective. This course is purposely broad—touching on design appreciation from various viewpoints, including architecture, interiors, land use, digital layouts, products, packages and more. Through theory and practice, students will encounter the universal principles of design and discover ways design application is relevant and useful to everyone. The course takes place June 30-Aug. 14, 2014.
Student testimonials from prior sessions of IDES 140:
"I really enjoyed this course! I took away a lot of great things that I know will help me in my future. Everything has a design, and everyone is a designer, whether they know it or not. This really opened my eyes to the world around us." – SPDC Interior Design student
"The main thing that I learned about design, is that I am always doing it. That comment I heard from the very beginning has stuck with me through this whole course, and will continue to do so. So many everyday things that we do without thinking about are actually helping us making design decisions. Everyone is a designer whether they know it or not. Also, the book about Design Principles really opened my eyes to the amount of thought and decision-making that goes into making an area or idea what it is. There are so many things that affect us unconsciously, and taking control of those ideas and using them effectively to your advantage can greatly increase the effectiveness of your design." – MSU Computer Science major
"My favorite and the most valuable concept I have learned through the process of thinking like a designer is 'everything is design'. I always have thoughts that I do not have creativity and lack of confidence in the word 'design,' since I am not a person who is good at art. Through the lecture, however, I could be more positive about the word 'design'. I may have had a preconception that design is difficult and it only related to the art but it was not. I realized the great power of design from this class and try to practice it myself since design starts from the morning when I wake up and open my eyes as the professor explained." – MSU Finance major
"There are many concepts and principles within the area of design that I have come across, which have enabled me to view the world differently. They have also enabled me to understand why things are the way there way. I realize how I am affected by some of these concepts and principles. Take the Biophilia effect, this uses nature views and imagery in design to help reduce stress. It is used in hospitals to make patients comfortable and to reduce stress in patients’ families. I have come across a hallway that used this effect and experienced how it really does work. The use of the principle Alignment helps me to recognize why voters ballots are structure the way they are. If someone were to take one principle out of the [class] they would be guaranteed to see how it is used in the world around them." – MSU Kinesiology major
For more information on the course and questions about registration, contact Kristy Kellom at firstname.lastname@example.org.