Term: Winter 2022
Section: 10
Class Number: 509
Credits: 3
Required: No
Elective: Yes

/ ARCH 509

Fresh Graphics: Good Signs

This course will marshal the forces of intelligent graphic production as a means for communicating complicated ideas about architecture and design, while engaging multiple constituencies as discerning test audiences. We will actively embrace the breadth and (surprising) depth of the graphic interfaces that inform, instruct, guide, excite, challenge, and engage us. As we ask our public spaces to rise to greater challenges, we will interrogate and support the roles of signage, graphics, and visual communication as ever-present collaborators in the process.

The course will be organized as a simultaneous research seminar and design workshop. Throughout the semester, students will investigate masterful graphic communication, architectural ideas, and how and why we use spaces the way we do. Each student will produce communications about architecture that will explore numerous graphic formats.

This course is open to all students at Taubman College, and there are no prerequisites. In the spirit of ‘drawing to architecture,’ this class continues a tangential trajectory of research and production set in motion by prior courses dedicated to compatible concepts, including designing for children (Design, Jr. Propositions studio), the exploration of color in design (Color Theory seminar), the study and implementation of people in design (Sensibility: People in Architecture seminar), and investigations into the power of graphics in architecture, accessibility, and inclusion (Fresh Graphics seminars).



Wed 1:00-4:00pm  2213 A&AB


Julia McMorrough