The course will present an overview of some of the key principles that drive “Design Innovation” followed by a broad look at the design innovation process, various methods, and frameworks.

Based on the book “101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization”, this course will cover seven modes of innovation: sense intent, know context, know users, frame insights, explore concepts, frame solutions, and realize offerings. The course will also discuss how design innovators and innovation leaders in organizations can effectively use this learning for research, training, project, and strategic applications.

Learning Objectives
Students will go through all stages of the innovation process and practice the use of several structured methods. By applying these methods on a project students will learn about the benefits and limitations of each method. This learning will help them make decisions about which method to use as they encounter various innovation challenges. They will also learn about the kind of information needed as inputs for using these methods as well as the nature of outputs generated.

Learning Outcomes
Student will be able to:

  • Understand the value of using structured methods for an innovation process
  • Articulate a variety of methods for innovation, their benefits and limitations in practice
  • Select the most appropriate methods for specific innovation challenges at hand