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If you're in my Design & Cultures II class at Central TAFE then you're in the right spot - our cyberspace class notice board. All information contained herein is unofficial and not necessarily shared by TAFE :)

Here, we can share urls (website addresses), book titles, info about assignments and anything else that you might need to access from home.

News: SupermART Submissions have been extended! Perhaps you can work on something over the holidays?

Test Wednesday 22nd September (Week 9), times are:

DFI A plus Furniture will sit the test Noon-1pm

DFI B sit the test 1pm-2pm

If you need extra time, you can either start earlier or finish later, whichever ties in with your other classes.

I'm pretty sure that the above shouldn't overlap with your other classes, but let me know ASAP if I'm wrong!

Email me on kat@retrokat.com with any queries :)

Unit: Design and Cultures 2
A continuation from Design & Cultures 1 - perhaps also be called "This is the Modern World".

The design styles we'll be covering this semester are:

Wk 1 - Modernism Recap
Wk 2 - Postwar Reconstruction in Scandinavia & Great Britain
Wk 3 - Postwar Reconstruction in the USA
Wk 4 - Postwar Reconstruction in Italy & Japan
Wk 5 - Dada and Surrealism - the movements and their influence
Wk 6 - Biomorphic Styling and Modern sculpture
Wk 7 - Abstract Expressionism, Pop and Op Art
Wk 11 - 1960’s design and anti-design, Postmodernism, High Tech design and Deconstructivism
Wk 12 - Product Semantics, Biodesign and Green Design

You can choose any one of the above styles for your Tutorial Presentation.

Other weeks cover:

Wk 8 - Revision for test
Wk 9 - Test on weeks 1-7
Wk 10 - Moderation/Marking Week - non contact
Wk 13 - Tutorials
Wk 14 - Tutorials
Wk 15 - Tutorials
Wk 16 - Tutorials
Feedback Week 17 - Weeks 18-19 for Re-Assessments

Although I'll be providing a bunch of web links, I also expect you to research books. You know, those big heavy things made of processed trees. To the left are links to the LRC (Learning Resource Centre, our library here at Central TAFE) and also to the statewide government library system's complete catalogue.

The Alexander Library in particular is an amazing resource, and although you can't take books out (it's a reference library only) it's just across the road, has loads of comfortable seating and is air conditioned. They have heaps of videos as well as books.

Remember, all sources you use for tutorial presentations AND the assignment must be referenced according to the Harvard Referencing System. A booklet on this is available for 2 dollars from the student bookshop, or a 7 page booklet is available for free online courtesy of Bournemouth University in the UK at:


There is also free information regarding Harvard Referencing available online through the LRC (see Central TAFE link).

If you have problems with any aspect of the course, please talk to me about it in our tutorial session. If you have Dyslexia, language difficulties or any other personal circumstances that make the standard coursework difficult for you, I may be able to find other ways for you to demonstrate your Competency in the Learning Outcomes other than the standard course assessment tools.

This unit is traditionally considered one of the most difficult to pass. There's a LOT of information to become familiar with in a short space of time, and you will only manage it if you put in some effort to researching based on what I've given you - in your own time. Just coming to the lecture will NOT be enough for you to pass in this unit. Remember, you have to pass all units to get into the next year of the course, so if you are having difficulties, talk to me about it as early as possible.

My emphasis as we go through each of these periods will be on Design for Industry and Furniture, as those are the courses you're doing this unit as a part of. Although other streams of design such as graphic design, fashion, photography, architecture, interior design and Fine Art will be mentioned in passing, they will not be covered in detail. I encourage you to develop an awareness of each of those other streams for your chosen styles when you do your assignments, even though I've largely neglected them here due to lack of time and space. They are important in terms of contextualising the period, so please consider them.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you have any great websites to share with the rest of the class: kat@retrokat.com

See you all in class...

meow & ciao,

kat =^..^=

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