Bringing Text, Image, and Experience Together in Design History


Teaching history of design at the undergraduate level involves bringing theoretical and descriptive texts about the designed artifact, the user experience of it, and its visual representations together. In the conventional format of the history of design courses, students are expected to review these rather disconnected sources individually. My paper will begin by criticizing the shortcomings of this conventional approach based on my four-year experience in Architectural History and Theory classes. Then I will explore the burgeoning tools, such as Perusall, that enable collective reading experience and offer to bring a wide variety of visual and textual sources together albeit in a linear and static fashion. As well as presenting the students’ thoughts of this tool, I will demonstrate how the tool underpins holistic comprehension of the sources and enable participation in the collective thinking at the pace of individuals. The paper will further focus on the prospective tools in which 3D models, renders, drawings, texts, and images can be embedded to create a dynamic and interconnected network of sources and modified in real-time collaboration by multiple students. I will conclude with the contribution of this tool in the different branches of the field to facilitate a holistic vision of artifacts.


Design History, Architecture


Technologies in Learning


Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


  • Ahmet Sezgin
    • Teacher, Interior Design, MEF University, Turkey Turkey