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ARTDES 150: Art & Design in Context

Library Guide for ARTDES 150: Art & Design in Context

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Jamie Vander Broek
Librarian for Art & Design
2390 Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-3166

Purpose of this Guide

This Library Guide will assist students in ARTDES 150, Art & Design in Context, specifically for assignments 2 and 3: 

Assignment 2:
“How Would One Judge the Aesthetic Value of “Erased de Kooning”?”
Minimum 1000 words (not counting the required list of references). 20 points. Due date: November 2.

Prompting questions are:
- What is “Art” in this work?
- Does it represent “beauty” in some form? How?
- Who is the author of this work and why?
- How is this work different from vandalism?
- How does this work compare to other works of similar nature?
- Come up with your own questions and answer them.

Some online resources to start your thinking (additional resources will be available on Ctools and at lectures):

Assignment 3:
"An Object of Desire."
1000 words. 20 points. Submission date: December 2.

Choose one designed object, which is widely desirable, and discuss aspects of its design, such as its form, function, value, user experience, materials, usability, and desirability. Use class readings that discuss these concepts and your research on the object (maker/company/brand, how it came about, what demonstrates its desirability, such as sales, historical value through museum displays, etc.). Minimum 1000 words (not counting the required list of references).

Prompting questions are:
1) What is inherent in this object that makes people desire it (e.g., its color, its material, its function, its form, its maker, quality of workmanship, understanding and 7 corresponding to its target audience, well-realized design idea, novelty and originality, good market analysis and research prior to designing and making, production process,…)?
2) What are external factors to this object, that makes it desirable at a certain time (aesthetic style popular at the time, historical moment of social change or stagnation, geographical location, peer pressure, social status associated with this object, advertising, lack of competition, economic factors, cultural compatability…)?
3) What are other objects, similar or different from this one, reference to which might substantiate your analysis and support your arguments? Substantiate your answers with the readings discussed in class and your own research on the object.

A list of references must be included.

Professor Aristarkhova notes in the syllabus that the best papers will demonstrate extensive research outside of the quoted text. To carry out this research, click on the tabs for help with finding books, finding periodical articles and locating images and video. You will also find additional help in the writing, creating citations, understanding plagiarism, and issues related to copyright tabs.

Please contact Jamie Vander Broek Art & Design Librarian if you have questions or need further assistance.

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