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MPP015 - Form design development, advanced course
Owner: TDESA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Written and oral assignments 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c    

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TDESA INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING - Industrial design , Year 4 (compulsory)


Professor  Ulrike Rahe


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Course specific prerequisites



The aim of the course is to give an introduction to the concepts of formal aesthetics and to develop the skill to design three-dimensional visual product forms which are attractive, functional, and convey the desired message.

Later in the course, theory and methodology in product semiotics and design syntactic will be applied and related to formal aspects of product form design, its structure, content and effect


The course gives an increased knowledge of visual perception and the experience of forms. It will develop the ability to understand, analyze, describe and specify the content, structure and functionality of three-dimensional forms for using these skills in form-focused product design applications. The purpose is to train up the ability of shaping visual functionality in a concrete design case.


The course covers the areas of perception, experience and creation of form. Everything around us is perceived with our senses. In this course, we focus on the visual sense, since it is the most important one for our perception of form and colour. We treat how we perceive the visual product appearance and the experience created by sensory and interpretive processes.

In weekly exercises the theoretical content will be trained in terms of product designing tasks to be conducted with the help of methods and tools learnt. The creation of new product design will offer the student a chance to test his or her capability of form design development. This realistic project consists of a deeper formal training in concrete product design application


The course includes several theoretical lectures for overview input, each of them linked to dedicated course assignments that provide the opportunity to develop and deepen understanding of the topics presented. In addition to that, the exercises are part of the project work, ongoing throughout the course.


Wim Muller, Order and Meaning in Design. ISBN 90-5189-629-8
Daud Sutton, Kuber, klot och andra geometriska kroppar. ISBN 91-7738-616-7
Rune Monö, Design for Product Understanding. ISBN 914701105X
Moritz Zwimpfer , 2d - Visual Perception. ISBN 3-7212-0277-5


Grades are given according to the scale: fail, 3, 4, and 5. The grade consists of three compulsory parts: Attendance and active participation (20% of the grade), Project work (60% of the grade), Assignments (20% of the grade).

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