This is a group of critical thinking exercises revolving around design and architecture.
Dieter Rams, a brilliant industrial designer from the 1950's, is the inspiration for Jonathan Ive, the man who has given Apple its tremendous success. When the students see the side-by-side comparison between Deiter's transistor radio and ITunes, it is a lot of fun.
Design is everywhere -- cars, pens, chairs -- and the subsequent exercises ask students to become design critics. (In my English classes, this often turns into an entire study unit).