Design is about progress. It is the conceptualization and creation of new things: ideas, interactions, information, objects, typefaces, books, posters, products, places, signs, systems, services, furniture, websites, and more. This course introduces significant developments in the history of design in Europe and America from 1880 to present. The curriculum will examine a variety of object types, including furniture, interiors, graphics, fashion and products, and draw examples from the well-known, as well as, the anonymous. Throughout, design will be situated within its social, cultural, political and economic contexts. The changing role of the designer, the effects of the shifting ways of life on patterns of production and consumption, and the future of design will be considered.