Jean Brennan is a Professor in the Graduate Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute with teaching appointments in Transformation Design, Emerging Practices, Technology, Sustainability & Design, Thesis, and Design Research. With her students, she investigates making as a form of research, community engagement, and horizontal structures for learning and collaboration.
Emerging Practices Elective:
Emerging Practices Syllabus PDF
Governance, Design Objects & Visual Language
Flags, currency, stamps are a kind of pattern language that mark a region, group, or set of relationships. Drawing from examples of adaptation or appropriation by artists and designers, students employ systems thinking to design a set of symbols and procedures for exchange, communication, or representation, applied across multiple platforms to represent a community, entity, body politic, etc. of their choosing considering intercultural contexts beyond the nation state. We will consider how designerly means can be used to construct a public.
2021 Exemplary Student Project
Sustainability and Design Studio
This course explores the contemporary role of sustainable practices as a necessary competency for emerging designers. There is positive and increasing pressure for effective design solutions that balance creativity with social, environmental and economic factors. Through an examination of current best practices involving circular economy and sustainable material management, life-cycle analysis tools and industry reports, students will research, analyze and synthesize core principles of sustainability within a wide array of communications and package design scenarios.Sustainability and Design Studio Webpage
2021 Exemplary Student Project Healthy Material’s Lab Role Model Grand Prize Winner
Transformation Design StudioTransformation Design A Syllabus PDF
This studio will focus on strategies to utilize design as a means for transformation. With an emphasis on a human-centered, holistic, and empathic approach, students will apply “design thinking” methodologies to problems and issues in an attempt to transform the behaviors of individuals in desirable and sustainable ways, while creating meaningful experiences and interactions for people with communications media, artifacts, environments, organizations, services, systems, and each other. The course will, through lectures and small group discussions, investigate experimental, research and ideation methodologies from numerous disciplines within both contemporary and historical contexts, and seek to identify the emerging responsibilities of design practitioners.
2020 Exemplary Student Project