Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

Design Pedagogy: Past, Present, Future
Crystal Yin

Design Pedagogy: Past, Present, Future is a printed book organized into sequential chapters. By doing so I provide a chronological look into Western design pedagogy by first presenting how design education was structured in the past before presenting how present-day pedagogy has been affected.

The Bauhaus emerged in response to the effects of the Industrial Revolution and emerging conditions of the modern world, and the legacy of its curriculum and pedagogy remains highly influential on design curricula to this day. I explore the Bauhaus’s effects on modern day pedagogy by including its history, class structure, and pedagogical case studies in the form of academic essays and student work from its programs.

The “future” section of my project takes shape in the form of a proposal. Given that the Bauhaus was erected in response to the social and economic conditions of 1920s Germany, I question why and how it remains the default model in post-2000s USA, and how we should be preparing designers for the future. I argue that foundation year standards should shift and change in a way that prepares students for an uncertain future where social, cultural, and ethical concerns are at stake with the development of technology.

I felt that it would only be fitting for my project to be set in varying weights of Universe and Caslon, as much of the book’s content is academic and centered on modernist schools of thought.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou