This intent of this course is to build a baseline of knowledge & familiarity with the professional practice of design–across disciplines, applications and environments.

Learning Objectives
The course will address a range of current professional practices, including the traditional core disciplines, the current landscape and converging fields. The basic set includes: product design; communication + graphic design; design planning; design research; interaction design; service design; design education

Learning Outcomes

  • Context: How design and design education has evolved (from the WWII to the present). You will understand why we do things the way we do, and what makes design distinctive.
  • Criticism: How to think critically about the design profession and your role in the field of design. You will be able to identify what works and what does not, and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Connections: How design connects and works with other disciplines, including marketing, strategy, engineering, and operations.
  • Communication: How to talk about the value you can create as a designer (for people and organizations). You will be able to articulate your relevant skills and experience in order to help you get a job / consulting work / teaching.