Course detail

Typology of Design

FSI-YDTAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course familiarizes students with basic principles of designers work outgoing from the recognition of conventional fundamentals in design. At the end of the semester students will understand how to see the products of human activity and how to apply the approach of designing - manually and using new computer technologies.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Advanced information about industrial design, typology and information graphics.


The course is a follow-up to "Fundamentals of design". Therefore, basic orientation in the theory of design is expected, as well as understanding of basic fundamentals of design creation. Basic level of drawing and graphic expression is also assumed - it is a basic condition for successful mastering more demanding graphic and 3D assignments.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Wong, W.: Principes of form and design, John Wiley & Sons, Canada, 1993 (EN)
Wong, W.: Principes of form and design, John Wiley and Sons, Canada 1993 (EN)
Denk, Z.: Průmyslový design, VUT Brno (CS)
Harris, R. L.: Information graphics. - New York : Oxford University Press, 1999 (EN)
Antal, J. a kol.: Abstrakcia a kreslenie architektonického priestoru, Bratislava, 1983 (CS)
Crhák F., Kostka Z.: Výtvarná geometrie. - Praha: SPN, 1977. (CS)
Procházka, P.: Principy navrhování, VUT v Brně, 1992
Pauly, J.: Z dějin průmyslového designu IV, Národní technické muzeum, Praha, 2000 (CS)
Denk, Z.: Průmyslový design, VUT v Brně (CS)
Šuch D.; Haščák, A: Výtvarná kompozícia, FU TU, Košice, 2007
Šuch D.; Haščák, A: Výtvarná kompozícia, FU TU, Košice, 2007

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by creative work in ateliers.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course-unit credit requirements: meeting assigned projects deadlines in a sufficient quality, passing the final test (optional). The test verifies global orientation and knowledge of the development and theory of industrial design (shape, composition etc.).
Resulting evaluation consists of evaluations of tasks and a test. In total it will be possible to aquire 100 points. Resulting clasification will be defined by txe ECTS scale.
If some of the projects are awarded less than half of the maximum pts., final evaluation of the course is F "failed".
According to the article No. 13 of Study and Examination Rules of Brno University of Technology ECTS evaluation degree scale is used. The course is evaluated with the following grades: ECTS EVALUATION DEGREES / PTS. RATING / NUMERIC RATING: A / 100 - 90 / 1 / Excellent; B /89 - 80 / 1,5 / Very good; C / 79 - 70 / 2 / Good; D / 69 - 60 / Satisfactory; E / 59 - 50 / Sufficient; F / 49 - 0 / 4 / Failed.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the subject is to understand the rules of object geometry, shaping and connections of form and volume used in design and thus establish prerequisite for creative studio work in following years. The emphasis is put on the defence of project results- final presentation with the help of new computer technologies.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Recommended attendance at lectures, compulsory attendance at seminars. Education runs according to the week schedule. The way of compensation of missed seminars is specified by the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PDS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction into the course, basic questions in design creation;
2. Fundamentals of information graphics. Infographics in praxis;
3. Perspective presentation I.;
4. Perspective presentation II.;
5. Problems of shape perception;
6. Geometrical forms I.;
7. Geometrical forms II.;
8. Compositional elements;
9. Composition I.;
10. Composition II.;
11. Form in design;
12. Analysis of the works of Czech designers nowadays;
13. Methodology of design.

Studio work

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. General introduction to workshops;
2. Fundamentals of information graphics I- Uniform visual style, analysis, sketches;
3. Fundamentals of information graphics II- Uniform visual style, variants;
4. Fundamentals of information graphics III- Uniform visual style, visualization;
5. Information graphics I- Art graph, analysis;
6. Information graphics II- Art graph, sketches;
7. Information graphics III- Art graph, variants;
8. Information graphics IV- Art graph, visualization;
9. Paper object I- analysis;
10. Paper object II- working with paper;
11. Paper object III- variants ;
12. Paper object IV- final design;
13. Evaluation of the course, the end of the course.