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Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-10 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 6 weeks long

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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 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.

Taught by

Karl T. Ulrich

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4.6 Based on 14 reviews

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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Even as a qualified designer this course was very educative.

You need to spend a lot of time on some parts of the course but it is worth every minute.

To be part of a group of students from all of the world is a real bonus. Not only do you have to think about your own artifact you also have to asses the artifacts of others which in itself is a design project.

If you want to learn about design in a short time this course is powerful and addictive.

Thank you Prof. Ulrich
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
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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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent. His methodology and approach to the subject is outstanding. You will have to work toward the creation and design of a tangible service or product so be prepared to apply yourself.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Total beginner, here, loved the course. I'll take it again to absorb it all, but it was inspiring and energizing. Well designed, well presented; encouraging, creativity sparking. Great course.
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Peggy R
5.0 3 years ago
Peggy partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Amazing course and instructor! Had me inventing things and designing prototypes after just a few lectures. I never would have don this on my own. Very motivating!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent class. Loved it!

But, be warned if you want to successfully complete it you will need to do serious planning and design work on a project of your choosing.
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Aisha Z
5.0 a year ago
Aisha is taking this course right now.
I found it interesting. ...and related to my field

And hopefully this will help me out in future too

Excited to start it right away.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent lectures. Thought provoking examples. Challenging design problem.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course

Only issue is the highly subjective peer reviews
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5.0 2 years ago
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Aana A
3.0 3 years ago
Aana audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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Anderson T
4.0 3 years ago
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