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Graduate Level CID Courses

Spring 2019

This course is for GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY. All graduate degree students from any field are welcome to enroll.

Design Thinking

Unique: 21071, ITD 380
Instructor: Jon Freach
Room: DFA 4.112
Meeting times: Mondays from 6-9pm

What is design thinking? Most of our daily experience is the result of design, intentional or not. It’s a persistent act. We deal with the consequences all the time. In practice, design is first an act of thinking. Then, those thoughts are applied to the act of making – a product, service, place or experience, like going to Disney World. Design is at its best when designers are thinking and making with people in mind. So, a human-centered mindset is a core attribute of design thinking. Design is at its worst when it’s an afterthought, such as a confusing tax form or most ATMs. In this course, students learn the principles of design thinking and apply them to real-world problems while working in interdisciplinary teams. Students learn how to frame problems, learn about people and their behaviors, then apply those insights to improve products and services through rapid prototyping and iteration. Students from all degree programs are welcome.