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From buildings to newspapers, from sailing ships to satellites, design carries multiple levels of meaning, communicating with or without intent, both reflecting and shaping its context. The form of a Louis XIV chair, for example, communicates a construction of power and class, and its meaning shifts through time as it combines with successive contemporary perspectives. This course surveys design history through the lens of media - that is, design practices and artifacts as conduits of meaning. We look at design as both point and field within the larger landscapes of culture and economics as well as the situated contexts of the personal and particular.