Introduction to Design Planning

This course is short but intense, and instrumental for understanding the basic ideas, frameworks, and capabilities that modern design planning and innovation programs demand.

If you believe that innovation is fundamentally about creativity, the term "innovation planning" appears to make no sense. This should be your very first clue that the obstacles to successful innovation live mostly in stupid assumptions and bad practices. At ID we believe we can get innovation to give up its secrets. This foundation course takes us on a brisk journey to connect ideas ranging from the business planning fundamentals, to modern frontiers of design and innovation planning.

Learning Objectives

  • Expose students to the larger context of innovation and design’s unique abilities to lead in times of severe ambiguity. Emphasis on established and emerging frameworks to guide critical thinking.
  • Review basic tenants of innovation leadership in large-scale enterprises or wickedly complex problems.


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the application of theories and principles covered in class through developing a breakthrough platform of their own choosing with an emphasis on “lightweight design”—catalysts for effective innovation that are faster, smarter, and lower cost than ever before in history.
  • Using a real-world problem, demonstrate the ability to focus on and articulate, with clear arguments, specific innovations in the wake of big shifts—a very modern form of planning.
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