Course detail

Introduction to Design

FSI-YDFAcad. year: 2020/2021

In the subject students get to know elementary principles and essence of design work based on understanding general design principles. The subject focuses on the theory of industrial design, including its historical development. A part of the subject is also a study of the methodology of the work of an industrial designer, documented by the overview of the work of famous Czech designers and practiced in the elementary form while working on assignments assigned as a part of the seminars.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

- Basic orientation and knowledge in the field of industrial design.
- To develop basic design methods.
- To adopt methodology of design work.
- Knowledge of function- technical, ergonomic, aesthetic, social, economic and psychological.
- Knowledge of geometrical forms and rules of composition.


Knowledge of basic art techniques in drawing, painting and graphics is a prerequisite.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BRAMSTON, David. Basics Product Design 01: Idea Searching. AVA Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9782940373765.
HUDSON, Jennifer. 1000 New Designs 2 and Where to Find Them. Laurence King, 2010. ISBN 978 1 85669 643 2.
HAUFFE, Thomas. Design. Köln: Du Mont, 2002. ISBN 3770133889.
MILTON, Alex a Paul RODGERS. Product Design. Laurence King, 2011. ISBN 9781856697514.
HUDSON, Jennifer. Process: 50 Product Designs from Concept to Manufacture. 2. Laurence King, 2011. ISBN 9781856697255.
MILTON, Alex a Paul RODGERS. Research Methods for Product Design. 2. Laurence King, 2013. ISBN 9781780673028.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The subject is taught in the form of lectures and seminars. The lectures have the character of an explanation of the basic principles and the theory of the field, including its history. Seminars are focused on practical application of acquired knowledge.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The condition of granting a classified credit is: Compulsory attendance in the lessons, individual consultations with the supervisor. The approach to the given task is evaluated as well as the completeness and the quality of the processing of the individual stages of the work and the assignment of the specified outputs within the given deadlines. The final evaluation consists of evaluation of individual projects and evaluation of test. A total of up to 100 points can be earned.
Resulting classification will be defined by the ECTS scale. 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 course is to acquire elementary knowledges of design theory, to acquire the ability to understand of basic principles, methods and practices of design process. Orientation in the field of industrial design, depiction of objects and independent design thinking is a prerequisite for creative work in following years.

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 B-PDS-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Introduction to the design education at the FME.
Term "design", industrial design, basic terms of the theory of design, branches of design, definition of design.
Functions of design - technical, ergonomic, aesthetic, physic, social, economical and psychological.
Design concept.
Problems of shape perception, principles of shapes.
Geometrical forms, elementary components of geometric forms.
Compositional elements; composition, elements of art composition.
Shape in design, types of shape in design.
Aspects of designer’s work, industrial designer, professional behaviour of designers, interdisciplinary and team work.
Methods of design work - design analysis.
Procedure of work on design , design project – from idea to prototype (sketch, drawing, modelling, draft, treatment on computer.
Views on design – Czech designers. Examples of design.
Design-management - importance of design for marketing and management.

Studio work

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the workshops - basic principles of industrial design;
2. Stomachion, compilation of figure motive from dedicated faces;
3. Continuation and evaluation of working on the task Stomachion;
4. Geometric composition, creating an object assembled from basic geometric objects according to the particular assignment;
5. Consultation of task geometric composition;
6. Evaluation of task geometric composition;
7. Monogram, creating a graphic logo from initials of student;
8. Monogram, logo portrayed in perspective;
9. Evaluation of task Monogram;
10. Design of simply product exercise, practical explanation of methods of design work;
11. Consultations of design of product;
12. Finishing and handing over the tasks;
13. Evaluation of task Product Design and subject.