Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

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This is a course aimed at making you a better designer. The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design performance. Lectures and readings will lay out the fundamental concepts that underpin design as a human activity. Weekly design challenges test your ability to apply those ideas to solve real problems. The course is deliberately broad - spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods, and products. The emphasis of the course is the basic design process: define, explore, select, and refine. You, the student, bring to the course your particular interests and expertise related to, for instance, engineering, furniture, fashion, architecture, or products. In prior sessions of the course about half of the participants were novices and about half had prior professional design expertise. Both groups seem to benefit substantially from the course. All pro... This is a course aimed at making you a better designer. The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design performance. Lectures and readings will lay out the fundamental concepts that underpin design as a human activity. Weekly design challenges test your ability to apply those ideas to solve real problems. The course is deliberately broad - spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods, and products. The emphasis of the course is the basic design process: define, explore, select, and refine. You, the student, bring to the course your particular interests and expertise related to, for instance, engineering, furniture, fashion, architecture, or products. In prior sessions of the course about half of the participants were novices and about half had prior professional design expertise. Both groups seem to benefit substantially from the course. All project work is evaluated by your peers -- and indeed, you will also be a peer reviewer. This format allows you to see an interesting collection of projects while getting useful feedback on your own project.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
The course was very practical... and that is what design is about: just start from an idea and then think carefully about it and do something and then judge your design and then improve it and then ... it is done! What a great learning process and so rewarding and fun. The peer review process is also a very valuable method to learn and to push yourself to your best. Really enjoyed the course, and now that is completed, I miss it a bit....
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
This was my first course on Coursera and my first about design. I loved it. Professor Ulrich is amazing. The lectures are simple and short but very informative and inspiring. It is an exciting, brainy, and hard working(if you want many points) journey to learn the process of designing artifacts. The possibility to take this course for free or pay a fee for the certificate is great. Thank you, Coursera. Thank you, Prof. Ulrich, staff and peers.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Gostei muito do curso,veio na melhor hora na minha vida,aprendi o que é realmente design!.professor Karl muito bom realmente,agradeço ao coursera pela oportunidade!! realmente um dos melhores cursos que ja fiz online...adorei recomendo a todos!!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
The content and the instructor were great. I liked prof. Ulrich's scientific approach, methods of need finding, decomposition of user needs - it was new and fascinating. Keep this in mind that the course is very time consuming, if you don't have enough free time during a week it'll pretty hard to accomplish assignments in time, the deadlines are strict. The peer grading system definitely needs to be revised. As for me I didn't get unfair grades, but the comments while grading need to be mandatory, otherwise it's not clear how you can improve your work. There should be some kind of preliminary training how to grade peer's works before the first assignment. Despite poor grading system I can recommend this course to all people keen on design.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
What a great experience! I found the course to be very informative and especially liked the teaching style of the professor. Dr. Ulrich explained concepts clearly, demonstrated in a practical way what we were learning, and then challenged us with our own hands-on learning. Thanks, Professor Ulrich for a truly worthwhile class!
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3 years, 10 months ago
The first MOOC I have taken that was actually well designed from an instructional point of view (instructional design is my field) for online learning. Broken up into small chunks. Book is free and offers text version (and more detail about) the topics covered in the video's. The videos provide interesting content that taught me a lot about design -- using lots of practical examples. Though the videos do using talking head, they also show lots of other artifacts, show examples of assignments, show spreadsheets, etc. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and successful in his field, yet is able to break it down and explain it in simple terms. He does NOT sound like a boring academic, but a practical person with experience explaining how to do what he clearly has a passion for. The assignments are practical and clearly explained. However, be warned -- this is a time consuming course because you actually design a product and go thro... The first MOOC I have taken that was actually well designed from an instructional point of view (instructional design is my field) for online learning. Broken up into small chunks. Book is free and offers text version (and more detail about) the topics covered in the video's. The videos provide interesting content that taught me a lot about design -- using lots of practical examples. Though the videos do using talking head, they also show lots of other artifacts, show examples of assignments, show spreadsheets, etc. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and successful in his field, yet is able to break it down and explain it in simple terms. He does NOT sound like a boring academic, but a practical person with experience explaining how to do what he clearly has a passion for. The assignments are practical and clearly explained. However, be warned -- this is a time consuming course because you actually design a product and go through all the steps rigorously. You are warned upfront about what you will need, so it is not a surprise. I did not do the assignments, just watched the lectures, and now am looking at the final products that are posted. The projects are excellent, and follow what was taught.
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
The course was interesting and helpful in terms of the design information. The requirement to create a website to lodge your assignments was an impediment and beside the point. It's not a course about web design but you will not be assessed by your peers unless you have your website in good order (wtf?). Given that reality, I wouldn't recommend the course to anyone who has little experience or interest in web design. Apparently a student in a past course posted their work to a website and now everyone has to do it. What is the main game here after all? Stick to what the course was intended to be about, please.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Highly recommend this course! The content is very easy to understand and really inspires me. I learned so much by doing each assignment. Because I have no experience in designing, it takes me much time to complete each assignment. But it is absolutely worthwhile. I also had so much fun with the tournament. I think it is suitable for anyone who is passionate about solving problems and creating new things.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
This is a great course. Learned so much from it and loved every moment of it. Every week i'd wonder how i would finish the homework and assignments but systematically working it the way Prof.Ulrich goes about the course made it all possible. I would feel so happy doing it week after week. Thanks for a great course!
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
My first experience in on-line course. I am not a designer, but I am a enthusiastic old student design and photography passionate. I just would like to congratulate professor Karl and team. For a beginner like me it was a surprising experience. I had a great time learning the step-by-step process of an artifact design. I missed a class for 3D design. That is my suggestion for your skillfully next course.
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4 years, 1 month ago
his voice and prosody are just bad, and the voice volume is always going up with strange noises and down with the things that I'm supposed to hear...I know that the course is free and probably is better than nothing but for me it's bad for my ears and so I dropped
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4 years, 4 months ago
This course is my first online experience. I had such a great time studying the material, doing the exercises and sharing and reviewing my work with my student peers! The course methodology is repeatable at every step of the development process and also applicable to many other design processes like services. Thank you professor Ulrich for your time to enrich me with such enthusiasm and skill, I am very grateful.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Хочется больше понять сам процесс создания вещи, как сделать чтобы она была не только практична но и красива.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
I expected to learn about design methodology that I could apply to different domains, especially to instructional design. The course exceeded my expectations. I really enjoyed learning by doing my own project, and getting to know other designers and their amazing ideas. Everything was perfectly explained through videos and some reading and I really loved it. I would recommend it to anybody who loves design, even for people like me who had only informal exposure to design. The only thing I would improve is the support for some external tools like the darwinator or weebly.
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4 years, 9 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on project work in the course. Professor Karl teaches design thinking by breaking down the gap into categorized user needs, which are then refined through the course duration to produce the beta product - in a gist, it is a creative class taught with a scientific approach! The lectures cover the design thinking methodology explained in Professor Karl's book, being exhaustive yet objective at the same time. I would highly recommend this course, more so to the engineering majors who have now taken upon product and general management responsibilities.
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4 years, 10 months ago
Best Coursera class I've taken. Great instructor videos, assignments, and overall approach. I'm already a designer, but this allowed me to grow my skills in areas that I don't typically work. It also provides a great background on how to approach design thinking. The core of this course is a design project which evolves incrementally over the weeks. Can't recommend this class enough.
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
All videos were very clear, interesting. I enjoyed the cumulative knowledge necessary to build our prototype delivered in this course by using at least twice the design method and the selection process. This course is very convincing and motivating. I succeeded in building a working final prototype but at the price of working more than the suggested 10hours/week . Yes, I am very happy and proud of my website where the iteration process of designing my artifact is well presented and interesting. I shall keep it !!
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9/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
I had no prior experience with design, but this course was an incredible learning experience. You really get a sense that Professor Ulrich cares about design, which is infectious. The pacing and setup of the course is also a real motivator, and I had a great time exploring Design theory and process, and going through all of my iterative stages. It's a process that serves well for use on other endeavors outside this course, and I am stoked that I chose it! Would recommend to anyone; it was over way too soon.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
I have been following the course this time without doing the assignments. It was excellent. I've been a working graphic designer for over 20 years and this has been one of the best online experiences I've had. I like the combination of video, transcript and pdf documentation to allow students to review material. I do plan to take this course again so I can participate fully. Thanks!
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
I enjoyed the lectures, prototypes, seeing what other classmates did,  how they solved their gaps. This was a very interesting and useful clas. Thank you very much for offering it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
There's much to like about this course. It's a great intro to practical design, and will teach you how to analyse problems, how to hunt for solutions, how to assess your solutions, how to prototype. You also learn a bit of drawing, web site design (very basic), and finally you are given a good introduction to the economics of design.
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4 years, 10 months ago
It is really great course! I realised that design is what I really want to do my living)) I'd like to take one more course of Karl Ulrich (like that he talked about in "newsletter" video). Thank you!!!
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5 years, 3 months ago
Overall the class instruction was practical – assuming you’re wanting to design and/or make artifacts or otherwise at least understand the process as how to go about doing it. My biggest problem with this class (and why I only rated it two stars) is the way the peer review assignment and assessments are set up. There needs to be substantial improvement. As it is now the peer assignment scoring requirements are not well communicated by the Professor. The EXACT rubric for which your peers are to grade you by are not revealed until AFTER you’ve turned your assignment in. The rubric is very easy to misinterpret and many students don’t bother to understand the rubric thus arbitrarily assign unfair peer assessment / scores because they haven’t bother to read or don’t understand the instructions for scoring. Peers also score you without leaving any feedback what so ever. Your next assignments for developing your design project are supposed ... Overall the class instruction was practical – assuming you’re wanting to design and/or make artifacts or otherwise at least understand the process as how to go about doing it. My biggest problem with this class (and why I only rated it two stars) is the way the peer review assignment and assessments are set up. There needs to be substantial improvement. As it is now the peer assignment scoring requirements are not well communicated by the Professor. The EXACT rubric for which your peers are to grade you by are not revealed until AFTER you’ve turned your assignment in. The rubric is very easy to misinterpret and many students don’t bother to understand the rubric thus arbitrarily assign unfair peer assessment / scores because they haven’t bother to read or don’t understand the instructions for scoring. Peers also score you without leaving any feedback what so ever. Your next assignments for developing your design project are supposed to build off the feedback you receive from your peers. In my case -- out of a potential of 35 reviewers feedback comments spread out over the 7 assignments, I received very few useful feedbacks and the vast majority of peer reviewers left no feedback comment at all! Since your grade for this course is entirely 100% determined by the scores your peers give you, this is a sad disappointment that so few peers take the time to write even one sentence of feedback! Counting on peer feedback is pretty much useless for the most part. As long as peer feedback and your final course grade have little meaning or value to you then you’ll have a lot of fun putting LOTS of hours and work to get through all 7 assignments. You will have learned something from the lectures and the hard work you put in and I suppose that is the point after all. +++ One last remark. Please note: This class took a very long time to issue the Statement of Accomplishment. It only arrived today Jan. 12. The class ended Dec.12. So plan for possible delays waiting for your Statement of Accomplishment to arrive -- no interim word was offered while waiting those 30 days either. Hope no one was in a rush!
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5 years, 3 months ago
I had no prior experience with this subject. I LOVED this course even though I have no plan to become a designer. I took it for insight into problem solving as designers "do" it. I got that and much more. I learned how to design a website and I learned how to draw. Course is put together so logically. I learned about the economics of designing and producing a product. I learned why NAFTA makes a difference in the cost of a toothbrush. I looked forward every week to the next session. I even ended up designing a solution to quickly getting Scrabble tiles back in the bag at the end of the game without dropping a single tile on the floor! This course is just plain fun and wonderful in so many ways. Thank you for all the extraordinary talent and work that went in to designing the course.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I'm working on 3D Applications and It was pretty comfortable to understand and submit my assignments on time. The course video lectures were very interesting and informative, now what ever I see, I can apply the design knowledge I gained from this course and I can understand about design lot more now. The step by step introductions to the task and clear, detail brief by the instructor and well organised materials, assignment briefs / instructions is all I like. Dislike really nothing..!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
I have worked in various corporate management positions, and as an artist. I have had no formal exposure to design, and took the course for the love of it. The best features of the course were the passion and commitment Prof. Ulrich brought to the course, the wide varieties of examples chosen, and for all the practical tips. I found it difficult to "act" on the design, with limited resources, and would like to take further courses and learn some of the digital tools for creating prototypes.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I think this course is very useful for me and everyone. I can improve my design skill. I can apply for my work. More than design skill, I can develop my thinking process. I can solve problems in my daily life.
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5 years, 4 months ago
This is one of the best courses I've ever taken in Coursera. I had no notion of Design prior to taking this course, and it's now helped me rethink how I do things in my business. I'm now more confident in coming up with new product and service ideas because I'm now armed with a good, general method of approaching design and development.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
I'm a 20-year graphic designer and I found this course refreshing, helpful, challenging and fun. This is my first online course, and I feel that the format, with peer reviews and forums, is excellent. Some people complained that they had to review others' work, but I found that I learned a lot through looking at other participants' work. No complaints.
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5 years, 9 months ago
This is my first course in design and it was amazing how the teacher managed each lesson, the video, the way he explained, the material, examples and extras. For me it was a very good experience building my website and how to share the project with the group. At the beginning I had a bad feeling about the evaluation process … at the end I think it was a good opportunity to learn concepts and use them seeing and evaluating my classmate works Thanks
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