Design Writing

'Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression,' the writer Isaac Bashevis Singer commented. The goal of this writing course is to narrow the gap between what we aspire to create as designers and how we discuss our work, and the work of others, in writing - as well as in class discussion. The course will emphasize writing praxis. We will keep a semester-long design notebook, where we will work through a series of weekly exercises, registering specific ideas about both design and the critical study of design, while also mastering key skills for effective written communication. We will explore and experiment with key forms for the profession: How designers use writing in both the academic and the professional worlds - from critical essays to project proposals, classic to contemporary. We will look at how design is reported on in publications like The New York Times, on the Web, as well as in books like Bauhaus to Our House, by Tom Wolfe. In addition, we will read On Writing Well by William Zinsser and Writing for Design Professional, by Stephen Kliment.