MH: History of IxD Design

This course covers a broad timeline from the age when humans first used tools to augment their abilities, to our contemporary use to as far into the future as we dare to look. We will explore our evolving relationship to technology as a means of interacting with the world and with one another. From that context, we will turn to the industrial age, dominated by the invention of mass media, to our contemporary age, dominated by the invention of the computer. We will pay special attention to the role of computing technologies, the evolution of media, and the power this has brought to our fingertips over the last 100 years. We will explore the growth of interactive media and also look into the future at the possibilities before us. Our goal will be to create a point of view about the futures we want to create.