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Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society, University of Pennsylvania

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About this Course

This is a course aimed at making you a better designer. The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design performance. Lectures and readings will lay out the fundamental concepts that underpin design as a human activity. Weekly design challenges test your ability to apply those ideas to solve real problems. The course is deliberately broad - spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods, and products. The emphasis of the course is the basic design process: define, explore, select, and refine. You, the student, bring to the course your particular interests and expertise related to, for instance, engineering, furniture, fashion, architecture, or products. In prior sessions of the course about half of the participants were novices and about half had prior professional design expertise. Both groups seem to benefit substantially from the course. All project work is evaluated by your peers -- and indeed, you will also be a peer reviewer. This format allows you to see an interesting collection of projects while getting useful feedback on your own project....

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Sep 14, 2017

excellent for learning the steps to follow to design anything like product or to find solution in the form of product or service i.e. artifact to any problem


Feb 15, 2017

Collection of practical knowledge in the designing thought process, which is very hard to quantify.\n\nAmazingly put and taught.\n\nThanks

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46 Reviews

By Alma Ileana Calmo Herrera

Dec 26, 2018

I loved it!

By Robert Hornsby

Jul 19, 2018

Great course. Amazing value.

By Fabrício Minighini

May 22, 2018

Detailed, technical and precise. Excellent course and teacher.

By Álison de Lima Macêdo

May 20, 2018

Show! Me surpreendi com o curso e como o mesmo é aplicado de forma bem compreensível.

By Nadi Moises

Apr 13, 2018

I really enjoy the course and it helped me with my current work

By Giulia Ribeiro

Mar 29, 2018

Otimo curso, conteúdo muito didático!

By Ampol Ampaimol

Dec 11, 2017


By Nikolas Chang

Nov 21, 2017

It has all the concepts involved in design and prototyping, has good examples ans some funny moments. I would recomend it to people that really want to learn about the topic, but not to anyone.

By Virginia Lorello

Nov 17, 2017

this is one of the best courses I have ever taken, included my local University.

By 邹哲轩

Nov 12, 2017