Interaction Design / MDes Suggested Readings

Students in the Master of Design IxD program typically read the following materials in graduate seminar courses:

The Poetics of Space Gaston Bachelard
The Pleasure of the Text Roland Barthes
For a Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign Jean Baudrillard
Flesh and Machines Rodney Brooks
A Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful Edmund Burke
The Meaning of Things Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi and Rochberg-Halton
Society of the Spectacle Guy DeBord
Archive Fever Jacques Derrida
“Diacritics” Umberto Eco
Essays: First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
Madness and Civilization Michel Foucault
The Uncanny Sigmund Freud
“A Cyborg Manifesto” Donna Haraway
Weird Tales E. T. W. Hoffman
The Philosophical Works of David Hume David Hume
“Download distractions: New, Pneu, Gnu, and Newed” Wes Jones
Flying Dutchmen Motion in Architecture Kari Jormakka
The Critique of Judgment Immanuel Kant
Love, Guilt, and Reparation and Other Works Melanie Klein
“The Social Life of Things” Igor Kopytoff
Écrits Jacques Lacan
Capital: A Critique of Political Economy Karl Marx
The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies Marcel Mauss
Genetic Epistemology Jean Piaget
The Savage Mind Claude Lévi-Strauss
Course in General Linguistics Ferdinand de Saussure
On Photography Susan Sontag
The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual Victor Turner
Playing and Reality D. W. Winnicott

“Graduate seminars taught me how to critically reflect on the history and practice of design, and provided the space for me to participate in design scholarship. Understanding the work of design theorists from Gropius to Papanek gave me a much richer experience of the field and my place within it.”

Amy, 2011