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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, 3 months ago
I did not have a lot of experience with design, and I learned so much from this course. I really like Professor Ulrich's teaching style and the way he shares everything he knows about design. I found that the visual expression modules were difficult for me, especially two-point perspective. I hope Professor Ulrich can refine that module so that it explains step by step how to draw the box in which we were to draw a chair. But, all in all, I would highly recommend this course. I really can't believe that such a wonderful experience was free on Coursera!
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6 years, 3 months ago
This course was incredibly interesting for me and I would highly recommend it to those who have an interest in design! I had no background and very little exposure to design before taking this course, but it was taught at a level that could apply to a broad range of experience levels. Professor Ulrichis engaging and brings really cool examples into the course. The project is a lot of fun (though challenging for someone who has no experience making things - got some help at Home Depot!). What was also incredibly interesting to me was seeing some of what my classmates were doing via the peer assignment mechanism. Classmates come from all over the world and have all kinds of ideas, so this made the peer assessment requirement actually an additional highlight of the course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
A very interesting course on Design, focused on the possibilities of launching a new business, but also interesting for those who just want to learn more about design.
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6 years, 3 months ago
Wow! This course contains that element! wow! Mi mind is really opened, I´ve learned how to get organized, get out of the cube and really search for the more nearest and succesful solution. Thanks by show and teach the complicated things as easy things. I am ready for the next steps to design, see the user needs, resolving the gap and obviously fun! thanks Professor Ulrich!
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6 years, 3 months ago
I have never dealt with design but has always been interested in this sphere. This course was also my first MOOC, and it was great! The lectures were really helpful, and the tasks that we got were always different, based on different skills and methods so I never got bored. What makes this course outstanding is that it deals with something really practical, not just writing essays and sharing opinions (which is also important but which I had enough at the university), but doing something visible and real. The organization of the course is also the best in comparison with the others that I took after this one: everything is thoughtful, deadlines are strict but you have enough time to do your task on time. All in all, a very nice experience. Thank you for this course
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
This is the first course I took with Coursera and I was really impressed with the quality of it, the workload and the result - there is half a week to go and I do have a working prototype which addresses my personal need on hand. I have learned a lot about designing process, and also about production and marketing. As a side effect - I learned how to create and maintain my own website - which I never knew how to do. Overall I am very happy with this course, it is quite comparable in quality to the paid continuing education courses I take sometimes. I do highly recommend it to anybody, but you should be ready to work really hard - I am a working adult with two kids and it was a challenge to fit it in my schedule, but well worth it! Karl, if you are reading it - thank you very much!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I was familiar with design and designing, but course gave me more deep understanding about process of creating a successful design. Tutor was wery knowledgable and experienced professor.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I took academic classes over 12 years ago last time, and it was my first experience with MOOCs. I have just completed the last assignment, and I wanted to share some thoughts on this course. I am not a designer in terms of I don't draw, plan or build stuff in my everyday life, although my job involves creativity and problem solving, so I was interested in taking this course. From the day 1 I was totally involved in learning process. I have read the free book (which is very well written) within the first week of studying. The video lectures are engaging and very informative, and the assignments are interesting and fun! I actually surprised myself, because back in the day I was often too lazy to do assignments when they where more or less optional, but I felt like I must do all of these in this course. I was amazed how great it is to build things with my own hands, to actually implement my ideas in physical objects, test and refine the... I took academic classes over 12 years ago last time, and it was my first experience with MOOCs. I have just completed the last assignment, and I wanted to share some thoughts on this course. I am not a designer in terms of I don't draw, plan or build stuff in my everyday life, although my job involves creativity and problem solving, so I was interested in taking this course. From the day 1 I was totally involved in learning process. I have read the free book (which is very well written) within the first week of studying. The video lectures are engaging and very informative, and the assignments are interesting and fun! I actually surprised myself, because back in the day I was often too lazy to do assignments when they where more or less optional, but I felt like I must do all of these in this course. I was amazed how great it is to build things with my own hands, to actually implement my ideas in physical objects, test and refine them. Honestly, it's very pleasant to look back at all the work I have done during this class. The course changed my perspective on how things are created in general. I didn't think that the design process could have any theoretical grounds, but it is! And now, I can pretty much get any problem, come up with alternative solutions, iterate to find the best one using Concept Selection Matrix, and solve the problem! That's a really useful skill that I can apply in my everyday life. Lastly, I wish to thank course staff for their time and that positive tone and attitude that they have brought to the class.
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6 years, 3 months ago
My prior experience has been architectural drafting classes, construction/wood working, and metal fabrication in the Navy. I grew up building things and transferred that when I became an adult. I love to take something and see if I can improve on the design some how. After about 30 years most of my designs started looking to much like the last design for what ever I was trying to improve on. This class helped to open up new ways of thinking. Going back to "school" after 35 years was a little daunting, but this online course made it easier for me. This is the first time I have ever taken a online course and will more than likely do it again.
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6 years, 3 months ago
That was an amazing course, I loved it, and did benefit so much from it. I studied design in Architecture school but not as brilliant as this one. Definitely I'll apply what I learnt on future designs, it even gave me ideas for future businesses. Thanks Karl so much for your effort and thanks to everyone who managed to get this course for us to benefit from.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I am a graphic designer. However, the course taught me new skills in design thinking and product development. I am now able to evaluate common problems people experience and come up with product(s) that solve those problems and sell them in the marketplace. What a fantastic skill to acquire! This course was so enjoyable because I could work at my own pace and on my own schedule. Very convenient. What I liked about the course was the level of expertise of the professor and the fact that it is a college level course for free. Equally, there is no pressure to maintain a certain grade level. You can learn for the sake of learning and apply that knowledge to your own, specific need(s). There is a requirement to receive your certificate of completion, however. Nonetheless, it's up to you, and you can still walk away with new skills, either way.
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6 years, 3 months ago
This course exceeded my expectations. Professor Karl provided detailed videos, examples, and additional resources which made to learning experience wonderful.
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6 years, 3 months ago
I had very high hopes for this course, but sadly, was disappointed. The content has potential, but the overall organisation of the course was poor. For example, the peer review process relied on external websites and there were many issues around submission times across time zones. Multiple people asked questions regarding this which weren't answered. I'll definitely keep this bookmarked for next session because like I said, the subject and content is very interesting and engaging, and hopefully with refinement it will become a more rounded offering.
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6 years, 3 months ago
Great course! I love it. Prof. Ulrich really enjoys what he teaches - Design and problem solving. He has the ability to motivate students by applying himself what he teaches. I was amazed by how he can explain the concepts and theory in short videos. This is not my first design course and also no my first MOOC course. I am getting to the conclusion that as in class room courses what make the difference is in the instructor. Dr. Ulrich makes that difference.
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6 years, 3 months ago
My first experience with Coursera. The course is quite good, though I didn't expect to have to put in as much time as was necessary into building an "artifact" that I ultimately didn't think was that useful. I think there's lots of ability for the course to get much more advanced in the concepts presented, usually there's just a couple of simple concepts each week, I finished the course with the feeling that there's much more that could have been include in the course material.
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
I'd studied design technology at high school but hadn't done anything since (16 years). This course was a great chance to get back into something creative without the pressure. The mixture of theory and practical work, delivered through video lectures, optional readings and practical activities, along with peer assessments made this course varied, interesting and very enjoyable. Thank you to the staff involved in creating and delivering this course. Keep up the good work!
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6 years, 3 months ago
I have been working as a professional cabinetmaker since 1997 (some examples in http://lumberjocks/galleries/xylosapiens ). Everything in my job related with design was self-taught by passion and practice. From my experience I found this course highly interesting, useful, and recommendable for those looking for a wide overview in design and on the same time discovering some very useful and practical tools to get engaged in designing artifacts. Thank you very much prof. Ulrich for your generosity sharing your knowledges. I wish a fridge full of icecream for you :D
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
An excellent course! I learned a great deal. It did not even matter that I was a complete amateur.It was so much fun, not one dull moment. Thanks Dr Karl, Amy and Jr. Ulrich, and everyone behind the scenes.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
An excellent course! I learned a great deal. It did not even matter that I was a complete amateur.It was so much fun, not one dull moment. Thanks Dr Karl
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
As a software designer, I had no experience with physical product design, and this course gave me the opportunity to try it. The course is excellent, with enjoyable video lectures and exercises. The free book that comes with the course is also definitely worthwhile.
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6 years, 3 months ago
I was somewhat unsure about taking this class. I don't consider drawing a skill I possess, I was unsure I could actually come up with anything interesting. A couple of my peers seemed to think that designing things was pretty boring and that I would be wasting my time doing this class. They are totally WRONG! In the short 8 weeks of this class I found with a little care and thought I can actually draw, I dusted off my digitizer and got that working nicely. I cleaned up my blog/site design skills. I developed effective design processes. I improved design concept communication, analysis and visualization skills. With some awesome lectures, learning assignments along with the kindness, help and encouragement of my classmates this really make me look at everyday objects with a newfound sense of amazement! This was truly a significant mass learning experience leading to a sense of accomplishment far beyond even a traditional college gradu... I was somewhat unsure about taking this class. I don't consider drawing a skill I possess, I was unsure I could actually come up with anything interesting. A couple of my peers seemed to think that designing things was pretty boring and that I would be wasting my time doing this class. They are totally WRONG! In the short 8 weeks of this class I found with a little care and thought I can actually draw, I dusted off my digitizer and got that working nicely. I cleaned up my blog/site design skills. I developed effective design processes. I improved design concept communication, analysis and visualization skills. With some awesome lectures, learning assignments along with the kindness, help and encouragement of my classmates this really make me look at everyday objects with a newfound sense of amazement! This was truly a significant mass learning experience leading to a sense of accomplishment far beyond even a traditional college graduate level course. I particularly liked the thorough, challenging and well paced lectures. Each assignment was unlike anything I have experienced at a traditional college. I finished each set of lectures excited about developing the elements to support my next assignment. I felt that the remaining participants felt that way too. There even seemed to be a greater sense of community here than in a classroom. There were several class participants that were exemplary. As someone who has hired many effective technologists for my company over the past couple of decades, I could envision immersion in a relevant industry aligned course could give anyone looking to hire raw talent an ability to connect to potential recruits by participating with them in this kind of environment. Food for thought here!
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6 years, 3 months ago
This course did a great job of unpacking the fundamentals of product design, and Karl was generous in sharing his personal experience with the field. I found his approach and insight to be valuable and enjoyable. I didn't partake in the homework portion because I just didn't see the added value it would bring being worth the price of admission—but I thought the video lectures were excellent. I just didn't feel the need to demonstrate my grasp of concepts like "formulate problem statements"...I get the idea, and when I need to flex those muscles, I will. All in all, a great course. Highly recommended to engineers, designers, musicians, creators.
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6 years, 4 months ago
I really enjoyed this class, and I had no design experience. We learned how to apply a design process to solve problems we saw in the world around us. I really liked learning how to draw in perspective and sketch out my ideas. My one big difficulty was that we were supposed to physically build a prototype. I didn't really have easy access to materials and I had never done something like that before, so I did everything except the final prototype. I think there should be some other options near the end of the course, such as building a prototype that is already designed with easy materials, or submitting sketches or 3D models. Basically, just scaffold up to the final iteration; the jump to final product was too big for me.
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6 years, 4 months ago
I had little prior experience in Design when I decided to take this course. It now only taught me a lot, it kept me interested to the very end. Its useful and the videos are great! Loved it!
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6 years, 4 months ago
I am a designer by trade, yet this course opened my eyes to approaches in design that I hadn't considered in my own work. It was refreshing and highly rewarding to be able to create and build on your own ideas and creativity in order to learn the material. I loved this class and hope that there will be more courses like this available through coursera in the future! A+ class
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6 years, 4 months ago
My first coursera course, and it worth the time ! Very interesting, videos are focused very well and the scoop theme is very fun to catch the interest on what the proffessor is talking about.
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6 years, 7 months ago
This was (and still is) my firt course on Coursera. I really enjoyed it and found the Professor very patient and didactic. Bringing ideas, comments and having to evaluate others work was the most amazing thing of this method of learning a exchanging. At first, before starting, without knowing how it would be, I was in doubt of the effectiveness of the classes, but they were very informative and could bring more wisdom to my problems solving.
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6 years, 9 months ago
I loved the Creation of Artifacts in Society course! Karl was delightful and made the course content easy to understand and fun. My daughter & I signed up for the course together and while she completed it on time, I got too busy to finish it on time, so the great thing about Coursera is that despite the fact that I couldn't complete the course in the allotted time frame, I still have access to the course content, so I have used my Christmas break to complete the course in the time that I actually have available. Fantastic! Also, I've tried some other online courses - the video tutorials are really user friendly, better than any other format I've tried. And even though Karl wouldn't know me from Adam, I still feel like I had some kind of interaction with him which is similar to having access to a real teacher. (Was fun to see him in the context of his work & family life which made the experience at my end feel quite natural). Well do... I loved the Creation of Artifacts in Society course! Karl was delightful and made the course content easy to understand and fun. My daughter & I signed up for the course together and while she completed it on time, I got too busy to finish it on time, so the great thing about Coursera is that despite the fact that I couldn't complete the course in the allotted time frame, I still have access to the course content, so I have used my Christmas break to complete the course in the time that I actually have available. Fantastic! Also, I've tried some other online courses - the video tutorials are really user friendly, better than any other format I've tried. And even though Karl wouldn't know me from Adam, I still feel like I had some kind of interaction with him which is similar to having access to a real teacher. (Was fun to see him in the context of his work & family life which made the experience at my end feel quite natural). Well done Karl, thanks so much.
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6 years, 10 months ago
This course was a very exciting experience for me. Professor Ulrich is in love with what he is doing. That shows in every step of the course - the structure, thematic & length of lectures, the optional videos & tutorials, the links to interesting & useful web sites. And that prof. has not only very deep knowledge & passion for the subject, but also very broad practical experience, which he generously shares with the students makes the course even more valuable. Im not a designer, but I did find that taking this course was a useful & inspiring journey.
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6 years, 9 months ago
This was my first online course experience, and I am surprised how much I've learned. I'd compare this experience to my master's studies in design. I liked how clearly professor Ulrich explained the essence of design. I completely agree that design first and foremost is about solving a problem not merely creating decorations. For me, this definitely was an interesting perspective on design. 1\. One thing that lacked in this course was somebody that would push me beyond my comfort zone. I am desigining web & mobile applications at work, so I wish I picked something else for the course project not a mobile application. 2\. In addition, I would have appreciated if there would be more thorough peer feedback for homeworks. I tried to be very explicit when giving my review in terms of suggestions and reasoning behind the grades I gave. I wished more people would give useful and constructive critique for my submissions. Maybe along with gra... This was my first online course experience, and I am surprised how much I've learned. I'd compare this experience to my master's studies in design. I liked how clearly professor Ulrich explained the essence of design. I completely agree that design first and foremost is about solving a problem not merely creating decorations. For me, this definitely was an interesting perspective on design. 1\. One thing that lacked in this course was somebody that would push me beyond my comfort zone. I am desigining web & mobile applications at work, so I wish I picked something else for the course project not a mobile application. 2\. In addition, I would have appreciated if there would be more thorough peer feedback for homeworks. I tried to be very explicit when giving my review in terms of suggestions and reasoning behind the grades I gave. I wished more people would give useful and constructive critique for my submissions. Maybe along with grades, that we receive for homeworks, there could be an indicator showing how much time peers have spent reading our work? Or perhaps there could be a feature that would force us, evaluators to write well-considered comments or to spend a certain amount of time on analysing somebody elses work?
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