Introductory course designed to acquaint students with how design evolved through the ages as a vehicle for comprehending the world, giving order to it, improving life, and endowing it with symbolic meaning. It studies comparatively many modes of design operations geared toward creating such order and conditioning our experience of the world around us. It introduces the major disciplines that evolved over time and probes their distinct modes of inquiry and underlying bodies of theory as well as their differences and shared concerns. The design fields considered include industrial design, product, furniture, graphic, information design, architecture, landscape architecture, urban and interior design, theater, stage, film, costume, and fashion design, electronic design and the now prevalent digital media. It also touches on design fields with negative associations (such as weapons design), on utopian strands of design, and introduces the recently evolved 'design thinking' with its increasing impact on fields beyond design.