Design evolves through the acceptance and rejection of historical practices. This course focuses on a review of critical movements in design from the second half of the 20th century to the present. We will consider how much of the craft designers have historically valued is essential for what we do today. Students will use historical insights and case studies to evaluate what and who defines “good” design. With a critical lens, the course will explore why certain products, companies and designers have risen triumphant over others. Students will visit design centers across New York City to gather inspiration and resources for research, exploration, and experimentation.