Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods

This course is an overview of how, why, and when to use codesign and participatory design in design research.

Codesign and participatory design emphasize a shifting relationship between designers and participants, from hierarchical to collaborative. Specifically, codesign and participatory design offer ways of bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders around complex socio-technical issues such as health, education, transportation, technology and sustainability. Understanding and designing in these areas require deep knowledge from a variety of perspectives and sectors including non-profit, government, academia, business, technology and citizens at large. This course will review examples of codesign and participatory design from a variety of design research traditions including critical making, critical design, design fiction and speculative design approaches.

Learning Objectives
Students will become familiar with the use of codesign and participatory design approaches as they are situated within different design research traditions. Specifically, the goals, opportunities and advantages will be compared with the limitations, difficulties and disadvantages of codesign approaches through a series of examples from design projects around the world.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with the history of codesign and participatory design approaches within design research traditions
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of codesign approaches
  • Articulate the features of successful codesign processes
  • Understand potential applications for codesign across a variety of domains, topics, and issues
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution