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MDP: Media Design Practices MFA at Art Center College of Design
"Welcome to Media Design Practices. We are dedicated to defining new practices in design. Our graduates are prepared for a lifetime of invention.


Our vision is to educate designers not for the world as it is, but as it is becoming, to think hard about what it means to use our agency as designers to make the world as we may want it to be.

To take this on, we offer two tracks: Lab and Field. Each track, in its own way, orients the designer toward the challenges of the future and the changing role of design.

In the Lab track, students work in a studio context, using design to pose questions through applied and speculative projects that engage with emerging communication technologies and cultural practices. We move beyond the problem-solving paradigm to position the designer as a researcher with a distinct point-of-view who uses design to understand and engage with the world. We are expressly preparing media designers to take high performing roles in domains that are future-oriented and whose effects are far-reaching: information and communication technology, foresight units, industry R&D, scientific research labs, communication media, knowledge production, infrastructure and policy-making, and entrepreneurial or independent practices.

In the Field track, run in collaboration with Designmatters, students work in a real-world context where social issues, media infrastructure, and communication technology intersect. With the Field track, we take on the ethics, politics, and practices of design in the realm of social change (including the rhetoric of “good”). Our students experience the power dynamics of high-, low-, and no-tech communications in a social context firsthand. We are preparing designers to take an active role in the creation of new models for international development and civic engagement through work in communities, institutions, governments, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Our graduates build viable lifelong design practices that engage directly with the human condition.

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Both tracks share a commitment to inquiry through design, disciplinary and cultural hybridity, and a belief that critical reflection is at the core of an engaged design practice.

Students in both tracks share the same studio, workshops, facilities, and a weekly colloquium, all of which creates a healthy dialogue between the work that is created for two very different contexts. The juxtaposition of the tracks creates a unique situation among graduate programs, one that encourages vital issues to arise.

By necessity, we work incredibly hard. We believe it's not worth it unless there is a contribution to be made; we are not the least bit interested in replicating the status quo. If this sounds like the kind of design you'd like to be part of, we invite you to join us — as a student, a partner, or a guest.

— Anne Burdick, Chair"

[See also: https://vimeo.com/84281017
http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/programs/graduate/media_design.jsp ]
accd  artcenter  design  education  media  webdev  designeducation  altgdp  speculativedesign  designmatters  ethics  crticaldesign  anneburdick  inquiry  lcproject  openstudioproject  interdisciplinary  transdisciplinary  webdesign 
november 2014 by robertogreco
MDP/Lab - Media Design Practices MFA at Art Center College of Design
"The blog of the Lab track of Media Design Practices, an interdisciplinary MFA for a world in flux at Art Center College of Design."

[See also: http://www.mediadesignpractices.net/lab/2012/12/making-critical-making/ ]
mediadesign  accd  garnethertz  benjaminbratton  shannonherbert  pasadena  criticalmaking  criticaldesign 
may 2013 by robertogreco
Amazon.com: The New Ecology of Things (NET) (9780979349508): Philip van Allen: Books
"What happens when every object and space has a life of its own? That's the question taken up by The New Ecology of Things (NET). In an era of ubiquitous computing, The New Ecology of Things provides a framework for addressing the complex challenges of a world of networked, computational things. The call for interesting ideas in the realm of pervasive computing is frequently directed at designers. The New Ecology of Things answers that call by going beyond the limited vision of 'smart things that think for you' and moving toward the design of meaningful interactions that make the most of our very human experience in the world.

The New Ecology of Things is more than a book, however. It is the physical portal to a transmedia publication that includes essays, a glossary, forums, interactive works, video and a provocative story by postcyberpunk author Bruce Sterling."
books  toread  ecologyofthings  internetofthings  spimes  philipvanallen  brucesterling  pervasivecomputing  ubicomp  smartobjects  accd  transmedia  ubiquitousnetworks  iot 
may 2011 by robertogreco
The Floor Text I Wrote For The Made Up Exhibition. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"If there is anything to be gained from design fiction practice it is the playful optimism that comes from "making things up." Making things up is playful & serious at the same time. It's playful in that one can speculate & imagine without the "yeah, but…" constraints that often come from the dour sensitivities of the way-too-grown-up pragmatists. It's serious because the ideas that are "made up" as little designed fictions—formed into props or little films or speculative objects—are materialized things that hold within them the story of the world they inhabit. There is the kernel of a near future, or a different now, or an un-history that begins the mind reeling at the possibilities of what could be. When an idea is struck into form we have learned to accept that as proof—a demonstration that this could be possible. The translation from an idea into its material form begins the proof of possibility. Props help. Things to think with & things to help us imagine what could be…"
designfiction  julianbleecker  accd  madeup  invention  creativity  tcsnmy  classideas  nearfuture  pragmatism  play  possibility  adjacentpossible  storytelling  2011 
february 2011 by robertogreco
Designmatters
"Through research, advocacy and action, Designmatters engages, empowers and leads an ongoing exploration of design as a positive force in society.

The common goal of all Designmatters projects is simple: take art and design education as a catalyst and change agent. And imagine and build a better and more humane future for all."
designthinking  sustainability  accd  social  design  designmatters  designimperialism  change  advocacy  education 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Safe Agua: Change Observer: Design Observer
"The first collaboration between Designmatters and Chile’s Un Techo para mi País creates fresh ideas for water usage in a Santiago slum."
chile  santiago  ciudadescallampas  slums  design  designobserver  social  untechoparamipaís  water  activism  accd  designmatters 
november 2010 by robertogreco
accd | mdp | net - The New Ecology of Things - Media Design Program - Art Center College of Design
"The NET Lab is an ongoing series of projects exploring the New Ecology of Things. Much of this work is housed in an electronics and interaction workshop at Art Center’s south campus called appropriately the MDP NET Lab Alpha."
ubicomp  interaction  design  media  education  research  web  networks  spimes  everyware  accd  brucesterling 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » Finish Without Function
"This sounds about right. Rapid design and prototyping methods have slipped below all the usual barriers to entry — cost, complexity, access to tools and communities, etc. It’s almost as if you can make a prototype as real as the real thing."
prototyping  fabbing  fabrication  industrial  design  manufacturing  rapidprototyping  future  access  diy  make  artcenter  accd  education  learning  cost  tools 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Teaching the Bigger Picture
"Design schools need to shift focus from the form of objects to understanding the systems that produce them."
design  education  colleges  universities  architecture  teaching  learning  accd  mapping  pedagogy  servicedesign 
april 2007 by robertogreco
Good Education
"As "graphic design" becomes more difficult to define, Art Center's head of department has some novel ideas for his students"
graphics  design  artcenter  local  education  colleges  universities  students  teaching  pasadena  accd  interviews  curriculum  altgdp  classes  work  internships 
april 2007 by robertogreco

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