Design at Southern

This web site is a celebration of a half-century of design at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC). The Design Department at SIUC has been training product, shelter, and visual designers since 1955. R. Buckminster Fuller brought his comprehensive design science approach to the school when he joined the faculty in the late 1950s. This is a collaborative history project put together by interested alumni and staff from throughout the country. This web site is not officially associated with Southern Illinois University or any SIU Alumni organization. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individuals who assembled the various pages. For more information go to the Contact page listed in the main menu above.
Design at Southern Illinois University
Victor Papanek: Path of a Design Prophet Al Gowan’s latest book, Victor Papanek: Path of a Design Prophet is available at Victor Papanek is the father of sustainable and affordable design. Shared Vision: The Second American Bauhaus by Al Gowan features interviews with and photographs of SIU design teachers and students between 1955 and 1985. click to read more . . .
Click on the MOMENTUM logo to learn more about the April 2018 Design Days event. The Design Days 2017 program featured Harold Cohen, the founder of the SIU Design program in 1955. click the TV set to go to Harold Cohen VIMEO video (58 minutes)
1975 Migrant worker health bus John Lonergan, Rich Archer, and Geri Newman work with students to create a mobile health clinic.
Tim Hagerty with Harold Cohen at Design Days 2017 in Carbondale. Tim was a student in the 1960s when Harold led the department.
Click here to look at Design Days 2015 and the unveiling of the new design studios in the repurposed Pulliam Hall. Stories from Design Grads Inflatable domes, student protests, the Experimental Freshman Year and waterfalls New stories & letters from former SIUC design department students: Gary DeCourcy Lee Spalt Paul Pauesick  Stephen Pevnick Tim Hagerty
Hand-painted Design Department sign with silk screen logo close up of silk screened logo on hand painted sign
Campus building sign with round SIU logo from one of the design department buildings (circa 1968). Click sign for more GSC 205 info.
Set of cassette audiotapes from the multi-media GSC 205 design class (circa 1981)