Product Architecture and Platforms

This course introduces the concept of product architecture and platform to explore their possible applications to different types of products from different viewpoints.

Product architecture is the physical and conceptual structure that integrates product components and subsystems into a coherent mechanism to perform intended behavior and functions. It also reflects rationale and intention of the design such as functions, methods of use, methods of maintenance, and manufacturing. Traditionally, product architecture is implicitly addressed as a part of a core design concept. As the complexity of products increases, the concept of product architecture becomes a critical instrument for systematically bridging various requirements to design solutions.

Learning Objectives
This course introduces the concept of product architecture and platform to explore their possible applications to different types of products from different viewpoints and further expands the concept to systems, services and business from human-centered viewpoints.

Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of a design solution from a platform perspective
  • Apply theories and approaches to emerging designs to make them stronger and more impactful
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