Product Design Workshop

This course is an opportunity for students to exercise their design muscles throughout an entire product development experience from framing through ideation to final concepts.

The design process is rarely the clean linear path it is often depicted as. Navigating the nonlinearity, as well as the ambiguity that often accompanies it, is something every experienced designer must be able to do.

Learning Objectives
The goal of this course is to link specific topics of design theory to practice including:

  • Framing user needs and desires
  • Identifying insights
  • Transforming insights into design principles
  • Brainstorming ideas and developing prototypes
  • Prioritizing solutions and recommendations
  • Developing and communicating value


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to manage tasks across the various phases of the design process. They will be able to incorporate various methods and tools during a design project and demonstrate their usefulness in a tangible product concept. The product concept will have an internal and consistent logic that reflects a deep understanding of the problem and solution areas explored.

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