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A.Y. 2019 / 2020

First semester
Type of Learning Activity 
Related/additional subjects
Study Path 
[PDS0-2015 - Ord. 2015] common
Teaching language 


Learning objectives 

• Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge related to development of a product project, history of design, materials, manufacturing and processing tecnologies in order to provide the ability to understand an industrial product
• Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
By the end of the course, the student will be able to apply the acquired knowledge to analyze and understand an industrial product.
• Indipendent assessments
At the end of the course the student will be able to analyze historical and contemporary products in order to evaluate their ability to respond to social, cultural and marked needs.
• Communication skills
By the end of the course, students will be able to articulate their own opinions with text, drawings and multimedia tools
• Learning skills
By the end of the course, students will have developed critical thinking skills which are essential to select and design a product.


Lessons topics:
1. Materials manufacturing and processing technologies
• Wood and timber products
• Metal
• Polymer
• Finishes
2. History of Design
• Scandinavian countries
• Austria & Germany
• France
• Italiy
• Friuli Venezia Giulia
3. The industrial product design:
• Brief
• Reference search
• Brief update
• Regulation check if necessary
• Material and technical selection
• Project development
• Communication

Teaching format 

The course includes different teaching methods: lessons given by the teacher or guests, discussions with students about topics covered. A visit to a production facility is scheduled. The materials will be available on the Moodle University platform

End-of-course test 

The final exam includes:
• Written essay about an industrial product (to be agreed with the teacher);
• oral interview to verify the acquired knowledge, based on the lessons and the bibliography provided through the course.
A digital copy of the study will be delivered before the exam date in terms indicated by the teacher. The student must present a paper copy.


• Raffaella Poletti e Manolo De Giorgi, Design, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2007
• Barbara Del Curto e Caludia Marano (a cura di), Materiali per il design, Milano, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2008
• Mike Ashby e Kara Johnson, Materiali e Design, Milano, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana, 2005
• Gabriella D'Amato, Storia del design, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2005
• Renato De Fusco, Storia del disegno industriale. Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1985
• Umberto Eco, Come si fa una tesi di laurea, Milano, RCS, 1977
• Bruno Munari, Da cosa nasce cosa, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1981
• Indoor Product Guide 2014, Outdoor Product Guide 2014 di Kristalia download

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