Innovation Methods

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
Common
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Communication
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Interaction
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
Product
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems
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