Designer and design works of Gropius, Walter (1883-1969) a architect, industrial designer style bauhaus

TERM PAPER GUIDELINES

Term paper 30% of your total grade/ 1.5 space / 4-5 pages (figures not included) / 1800 2300 words (bibliography not included) / commonly used fonts: Times New Roman, Georgia, Arial, Helvetica

In any analysis, keep in mind the following: HOW and WHY the designer and their designs are significant for the history of modern design?

Only parts 1 to 5 must be considered as an outline. Subheadings and detailed organization of the paper is up to you.

PART I. INTRODUCTION

The designer
Introduce who your designer is and why s/he is an important name for the history of modern design.
Short biographical information can be included in this section of your paper. When and in what context did your designer live? Are there any significant historical events that you can link to her/his design career? Is there anybody else in his/her family that had worked in the same field? Where was s/he educated? Was it a school, a workshop, or an artistas studio? Did he/she work with a significant designer or an artist? Etc.

The movement or style
Start answering the question, which will be the basis of your comparisons: a?Which artistic or design movement does your designer belong to?a? What are the general characteristics of this artistic or design movement? Was it a reaction to an earlier or a contemporary understanding of art and design? Does this movement or style in any way related to any artistic, political, and social events?

PART II. COMPARISONS AND ANALYSES

a? REMEMBER THIS MUST BE THE LONGEST PART OF YOUR PAPER.

This section must include 2 comparisons, referring to minimum 4 images of designs or works of art. 2 designs of your designer must be compared to 2 other designs or paintings, sculptures, photographs, buildings, interiors etc. You may use more than two comparisons.

Since you will have two comparisons you can use subheadings for each comparison, comparison of object A-B, Comparison of object C-D. However, dividing the comparisons into two separate sections, i.e. discussion of object A followed by object B, is not the best way. Instead paragraphs can include both works (A and B) in relation to a particular formal or stylistic element, or a combination of them. (e.g. one paragraph can focus on the Floral patterns and sinuous lines, or rectangular forms, discussion of symmetry, idea of perspective, abstraction etc.)

WHAT YOUR COMPARISONS MUST INCLUDE:

General information:

a? Brief Description: In a few sentences describe the work. What does it look like?
If it is an art work subject matter, if it is a utilitarian object purpose/function
Who made it? Refer to this person by their last name.

a? Date (When was it made? Is there anything special about the date? A year after the great depression, during the first world war, civil war, revolution, or an important exhibition such as Paris international exposition, or New York Fair; an important publication etc.)

a? Origin (Where was it made? For whom? Is it typical of the art of a geographical area or a country? Does it refer to vernacular art of a country or a region?)

a? Technique and Medium (What materials is it made of? How was it executed? How big or small is it?)


Analysis and comparison:
We are comparing a?formala? (a?related to the forma?) and stylistic qualities of two objects.

Formal: Youare looking at the individual design elements, such as composition (arrangement of parts), color, line, texture, scale, proportion, balance, contrast, and rhythm. Explain how the designer arranges and uses these various elements: Line (straight, curved, angular, flowing, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, contour, thick, thin, implied etc.)/ Shape (what shapes are created and how)/ Light and Value (source, flat, strong, contrasting, even, values, emphasis, shadows)/ Color (primary, secondary, mixed, complimentary, warm, cool, decorative, values)/ Texture and Pattern (real, implied, repeating)/ Space (depth, overlapping, kinds of perspective) / Unity and Variety/Balance (symmetry, asymmetry)/ Scale and Proportion/ Mass/Volume (if applicable)/ Rhythm

Historical: How larger historical trends and forces in the culture influenced the development of the objects of your analysis.

Stylistic: This is about looking at an object and talking about style. Using the formal and historical analysis, discuss how an object fits into a particular stylistic categorya for example, arts and crafts, art nouveau, constructivism, Scandinavian, romantic nationalism.
1. In the first comparison you must compare a design of your designer to a work in the same stylistic category.
2. In the second comparison, you must compare a design of your designer to a work in a different stylistic category.

You are expected to show how the FIRST work fits A stylistic category; and how the SECOND work does not fit ANOTHER stylistic category.

Comparison 1
OBJECT A
Designed by your designer
Represents a style or a strong association with an artistic movement
Include general information, formal, historical and stylistic analysis

OBJECT B
Designed by another designer from the same or similar artistic or design movement or style. Include general information, formal, and stylistic analysis
then you have Comparison1
We donat want to know much about the designer of the second object. Use it for comparing and contrasting formal and stylistic qualities.
Show us how OBJECT A and B fit the SAME stylistic category
Comparison 2
OBJECT B
Designed by your designer
Represents a style or a strong association with an artistic movement
Include general information, formal, historical and stylistic analysis
OBJECT C
Designed by another designer from a different artistic or design movement or style. Include general information, formal, and stylistic analysis
then you have Comparison2
We donat want to know much about the designer of the second object. Use it for comparing and contrasting formal and stylistic qualities.
Show us how OBJECT C and D do NOT fit the SAME stylistic category
reference of the other style to compare with
de stiji, constructivisim, art moderne, art deco, scandinavian..etc
read the instruction above CAREFULLY and pick the right piece to compare with.
Part III a Opinions and Conclusions

This is the part of the paper where you assess what you have written above, go beyond description and offer a conclusion and your own informed opinion about the designer and the style s/he represents.

General Suggestions
1. Paper is due. December 2nd 5:00 p. m. via Blackboard Turnitin
2. Pay attention to the citation format
3. Remember that any information you use from another source (your textbook, an encyclopedia, a museum catalogue, a dictionary, the internet) must be documented with a footnote. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism.
4. Use a spellchecker. Allow time to proofread your paper. Read it out loud and see if it makes sense.

Part IV a Figures a photographs of the designs you are writing on

Part V a Bibliography (Chicago style)

Resources you can use:
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