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
6 years ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this course on design! The prof Karl Ulrich is very knowledgable and his lectures were fun and interesing. I loved doing the assignments each week. It was good we had to post them on our own website. This was a bonus, as I learned how to create a website! I would highly recommend this course to anyone! I loved it!!!
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6 years ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this course on design! The prof Karl Ulrich is very knowledgable and his lectures were fun and interesing. I loved doing the assignments each week. It was good we had to post them on our own website. This was a bonus, as I learned how to create a website! I would highly recommend this course to anyone! I loved it!!!
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6 years ago
I had no prior experience in design but I was very interested in the design process. I cannot really compare this design course with any other because I haven't taken another design course. I loved this course. It stretched me into making an actual product with an alpha and beta prototype. It introduced me to the discipline of closing gaps, creating problem statements and making lots and lots of iterations and combinations before deciding on a final direction for a product/ system/ service or site. I also loved learning about how our professor, Karl Ulrich, went through the same process when he made his Xootr business. Absolutely worth my time and effort.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
I have over 25 years experience managing development and maintenance of Software Products. No formal training in industrial design. I took this course to learn about a more general approach to designing and creating "artifacts in society", not necessarily physical objects nor for commercial purposes.I enjoyed the lucid and stimulating presentation of material, the challenge of identifying a problem and then the bigger challenge of exploring different solutions. I thoroughly enjoyed relearning the basic drawing methods, submitting the exercises, creating the prototype, testing it, improving it. I especially appreciated the presentations about aesthetics and the discussion of "left side brain and right side brain " approaches to design (both valid and both needed). Victor
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6 years, 1 month ago
I am a Master's in Machine Design from India. I did my master's from one of the best in India called Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Over 2 years of program I learnt all the technical formulas and CAD tools and analysis tools. But still I could not design anything even though I tried a lot. After I finished this course, I realized one very important thing that even though I knew what was supposed to be done but I did not know the methodology of Design. This course has really helped me to understand the Design thinking, it has opened up the horizons of my mind to understand design in a much more better way. And I have turned into a designer who can make a much more informed and complete design in a very short span of 8 weeks. Really, I am a big fan of Prof. Karl T. Ulrich now. I wish I could continue learning a lot more from him. You have really changed me as a designer. Thanks a ton :)
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
It is really a good and creative course!It talks about what a design process should be and you can see thousands of creative, brilliant and interesting ideas here!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Best course ever. I highly recommend it to every designer or student that wants to learn how to design great artifacts from the very beginning.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
Fabulous course. It was hard, but in a good way. It challenged me and stretched my skills in design. I loved that sketching was covered and expected. That was the hard part for me. I learned a lot and will refer back often to material from this class.
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6 years ago
This course was a great introduction to coursera online courses. Even though I have no background in design, the videos were interesting, full of information, which was delivered in a clear and thoughtful way. We learned about all the important stages of design, and even got information regarding entrepreneurship in design. Professor Ulrich is a wonderful teacher, he transmits the concepts in a simple way, so even people like me with no related background could grasp them easily. There was plenty of motivation during the eight weeks. I loved it and I'm sad it's over! There were some difficulties with the peer reviews at the beginning of the course, but they were corrected on time. Some of the information about grading was not clear form the start, but this was also amended. This few glitches were unsubstantial. The course was great, and I, as other fellow students would love to participate in a sequel. I strongly recommend it! You wi... This course was a great introduction to coursera online courses. Even though I have no background in design, the videos were interesting, full of information, which was delivered in a clear and thoughtful way. We learned about all the important stages of design, and even got information regarding entrepreneurship in design. Professor Ulrich is a wonderful teacher, he transmits the concepts in a simple way, so even people like me with no related background could grasp them easily. There was plenty of motivation during the eight weeks. I loved it and I'm sad it's over! There were some difficulties with the peer reviews at the beginning of the course, but they were corrected on time. Some of the information about grading was not clear form the start, but this was also amended. This few glitches were unsubstantial. The course was great, and I, as other fellow students would love to participate in a sequel. I strongly recommend it! You will enjoy it!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
I loved it. The videos were really clear and it was something I looked forward to each week. Sadly I don't have much free time so I couldn't do much in the forums (I think I only posted once!) It doesn't matter if you're a designer by trade or just curious, it's a pretty fun course and I highly reccomend it.
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
I really liked the examples provided by the professor as well as the way the theory was shown in each class
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6 years, 1 month ago
I have a BA in studio art/graphic design and have been working in a design capacity for 24 years. Many of the fundamentals that Dr. Ulrich covered are aligned with my previous training. The training this class provides can apply to any facet of design but my project was based on a product design project-- something for which I had no formal training. I found this extremely challenging, but in the best way possible. This course forced me to think even further outside the box than I do already. If there is one regret, it would be that my busy work schedule and long daily commute kept me from spending as much time as I would have liked on this class, and therefore, took up lots of my weekend time. But it was still worth it. I highly recommend this for serious designers and problem solvers.
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6 years, 1 month ago
Fast paced but stimulating, this course whirls you through the design process to end up with a prototype for a need you have identified. So much is packed into this 7 weeks. Be prepared to do lots of drawing and prototyping. Thorough and enthusiastic lectures and a good ebook support the course. Recommended as a good introduction to the world of designing.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Design was something that always fascinated me but seemed to be out of reach for me. Until coursera game the opportunity to know it better. This course really started from the basics and gradually revealed to the students a lot of secrets that make an artifact succesful. The most amazing thing was that all the processes and methods that were taught can be applied in simple everyday issues and you don't have to crete the artifact that will save our planet, just the one that will improve our everyday life. The most intersting course in Coursera i have attented so far!! I am really looking forward for Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society VOL2. Do us this favor!! Karl, Amy. Thank you very much!! See you soon!!!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Great course, I would highly recommend it! The lectures are very well organized, the accompanying visuals are very useful and the book supported the lectures. The course allowed me to consider aspects of design in a different way, even though I have been in the design world for many years. The global community was fantastic!
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
I enjoyed the course -- a good combination of lecture and constructing your artifact (although no experience is required). It does take time, but it's not difficult. Good problem solving techniques that are more generally applicable.
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6 years, 1 month ago
Just great. The course was fun, inspiring, and sometimes eye-opening. If you think you can enjoy designing and making things, go for it. Wish it lasted longer though. I would love to have more time allocated to prototype testing and refining, feedback from peers, ... Anyway, I will pass my frustration by looking to other courses or challenges. A complimentary course on materials and building techniques would be a great plus!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
This was my first coursera lesson. I enjoyed it a lot. All aspects of creation of artifacts were covered. The video lectures were very understandable. The process of making our own artifacts was enjoyable & fun. Karl T. Ulrich is a wonderful teacher. Also, Amy Bennett`s videos on visual expression were very interesting and helpful. I do recommend this course to anyone that is into design. You will enjoy it!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I took this course for the last 8 weeks. I enjoyed from every second! Every week, in Coursera website, Karl and the Amy used to upload Videos Lectures. We had assignments in every week, and we review peers' work. Everyone posted his work in his website. In the end of the course, I can say that I learned lot of things, and I have a model for artifact. Great course! I recommend it!
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6 years, 1 month ago
I can say that this course resolved gaps that I had since college about product design. I loved the exercises and explanatory videos, is like being in a presencial class . safely say I learned more about design in these eight weeks than in five year career.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
The course content was excellent, even if a little challenging at times. Video lectures were good and peer assessment via the websites was a great idea too. It has been very inspirational and I now research the ideas of well known designers and have a deeper appreciation of their work. Thank you.
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6 years, 1 month ago
I really liked the course and enjoyed Professor Ulrich's lectures as well as Amy's demonstrations. Professor Ulrich is a compelling teacher and a lot of information was provided. I'll probably take the course again the next time it is offered. Thanks Professor Ulrich, Amy & Coursera for offering this class!
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6 years, 1 month ago
As a professional designer, I was surprised with the amount of knowledge I got from this course. I was well stimulated to do the assignments, even when it was very hard to do it, due to the circumstances - being on a trip two times during 4 weeks, for 9 days. Karl T. Urlich is great teacher, the TA was also helpful and the fellow courserians were stimulating and supporting in every possible way. As this was my first MOOC experience, I am now very positive about it.
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6 years, 1 month ago
This Course is amazing. inspiring, clever, fun and a lot of exciting challenges. I have many years of work experience with design in the fashion world, and I learned so many things I can use in my job everyday, Thank you. When I have the time, I would love to take more classes and especially if they are done by Amy and Karl.
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6 years, 1 month ago
I loved this course! I came to it with a strong interest in design, but no formal training. I am leaving it with a bunch of new tools and techniques for design and problem solving, confidence that I can approach design problems competently effectively, and a passion and drive to continue along a design- oriented career path. The course itself is well designed to build learning week to week and to take the student through a complete design process for a self-selected project. This was my first MOOC, and one aspect of the course that I did not expect but really loved was the role of the diverse student community in discussing, evaluating each others' work, and encouraging each other throughout the class. Really great! Not sure if that's typical for MOOCs but it was a huge part of the experience for me.
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6 years, 1 month ago
This course and the instructors are f un and engaging. The structure of videos, readings, assignments, and forums is very effective. I was amazed at the sense of community that was created through the forums and peer evaluations. First rate--highly recommended to anyone interested in design and problem-solving.
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6 years, 1 month ago
"Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society" has been a great course. The videos explained everything well and got me really interested in the subject. Developing an artifact on my own was a great experience and I love my final item. I definitely recommend this course for anyne interested in design.
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6 years, 1 month ago
This is a great course, I highly recommend it for people interesting in start or improve their design skills. This course is a great intro to design...
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6 years, 1 month ago
I mistakenly thought this was a general course in design, not an industrial design course, so I was initially stymied by my lack of skill and resources for creating material objects. Around week 3, I thought I might not be able to complete the course. Then, I switched my project to something I was currently working on (dealing with web and graphic design) and was able to continue. I felt that the course could use some adjustment in terms of the drawing exercises early in the semester. The exercises seemed much too simple for the design professionals taking the course, and they were much too difficult for those of use without much training in drawing. I could have benefitted from an entire course in technical drawing. Although I understood the points that the TA, Amy, made in her drawing lectures, it was quite impossible for me to master these skills in such a short time frame. On a more positive note, the lectures were quite clear an... I mistakenly thought this was a general course in design, not an industrial design course, so I was initially stymied by my lack of skill and resources for creating material objects. Around week 3, I thought I might not be able to complete the course. Then, I switched my project to something I was currently working on (dealing with web and graphic design) and was able to continue. I felt that the course could use some adjustment in terms of the drawing exercises early in the semester. The exercises seemed much too simple for the design professionals taking the course, and they were much too difficult for those of use without much training in drawing. I could have benefitted from an entire course in technical drawing. Although I understood the points that the TA, Amy, made in her drawing lectures, it was quite impossible for me to master these skills in such a short time frame. On a more positive note, the lectures were quite clear and illuminating. I particularly found benefit in exercises like the "concept selection matrix". These skills are useful for anyone who needs to justify creative or intuitive work to a committee. All in all, I found that the course helped give me vocabulary and validation for concepts that I already understood intuitively. I'm not sure that my project's results would have been much different if I had not taken the course, but the course gave me a lot to think about.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Professor Ulrich is the best teacher i have ever encountered. He has good teaching methods, using very good teaching aids and taking time to explain things properly. The assignments were also very useful. I learnt alot of things. I might actually go on to develop a business with my course project.
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