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Design 101 (or Design Basics)

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Overview

Design is foremost a language.
A language shared, talked and discussed by designers all over the world.
Things, people and places we all know about.

Design 101 is a journey into contemporary design in which you will transform yourself and your everyday life into 101 projects.

For three months, you will develop basic design attitudes that will allow you to thrive in today’s world, while restoring your understanding of its mechanics. We live in a global community where the physical bits are slowly (and not so slowly) overlapped by social media. Design has become #design. Indeed, the use of new technologies has changed the teaching and, by the same token, the nature of the past; the past is being renewed. Herein lies the conceptual hinge of Design 101: 
a new way to learn a new design.

To do so, we will collectively explore the tools of today (such as this MOOC platform) to step into a fantastic voyage through time and space, in which we are all absolute beginners.

How?

Design is everything. Design is objects, buildings, sports, games…our lives.
Johan Cruyff, a very famous footballer and fantastic designer, once said:

“I never practice tricks. I play very simply. That's what it's all about. 
Playing simple football is the hardest thing.”

very simply

Everyday, you will receive a special package from a different place along our journey. The package will introduce objects, characters and happenings that are intertwined with the narrative of the course.

Each bundle will include 2 main elements:

  • An animated postcard announcing the day’s brief.
  • A letter exploring subjects in depth with the use of links, books, movies, music and more.

on a weekly basis

Each week, there is a new unit consisting of seven postcards/briefs outlining a few simple activities to trigger your imagination. From 15 minutes to one hour of work per day at the most. The quicker, the better!

On Mondays, you get an overview of the week and a quiz to complete.
Then, following our input, you start working.

By Sunday, you will upload images of what you made during the week.

You will refer, think and create a lot of different things. Not easy, but surely fun!

Our special trip will end with a three-day festival: a special event in a special place to exhibit your work to the public and get to know your travel mates.

forum: questions and answers

Doubts, ideas, whatever comes to mind. It is a perfect place to get entangled into discussions and become a true actor within the community.

In the design world, questions are much more interesting than answers. This is why the best questions asked in this forum will be redirected to a Design 101 e-book, to be printed at the end of the course.

extra! extra! encyclopedia!

If you are of the curious kind, we have a special page with all the people, places, things mentioned throughout the course. We could consider it our mini-encyclopedia.

Once we have a shared vocabulary/language, things become meaningful. Conversations start up quickly and flow nicely.

Like any other language, “design” is in constant change. Our mini-encyclopedia is a great foundation upon which to build your own collection of references.

Learning objectives

Design 101 will help you understand:

  • How the world looks through the special lenses called "design".
  • Who shares your visions and ideas (who could collaborate with you in the future).
  • How a community works: its behavior and potential.
  • What skills and attitudes you have: their merits and limitations.

Prior knowledge

No prior knowledge is required. If you have a lot of prior knowledge, it might make the learning process more difficult, but don’t worry, no one is perfect. As we said, if we talk about contemporary design, we are all "absolute beginners"!

Syllabus

The various things to do (so-called “hands-on” activities) will be divided into 14 units, one per week.

  1. Intro: Acquaint yourself with the course’s dynamics.
  2. Myself: Represent one's self.
  3. My diary: Learn about the design process by creating a very simple object.
  4. Kitchen Stories: Become an expert at something and develop basic social skills.
  5. Visiting You: Look back at what we have done so far.
  6. It’s alive: Design as a garden.
  7. Voyage into my room: Understand interior spaces, plans and measures.
  8. Making things: Get familiar with shapes, colors, materials. Plan a series.
  9. Christmas break: Lots of greetings + some more.
  10. Zoom out (the city): Observe the public space in a new way (and map it).
  11. Telling stories: Form doesn’t follow function. Form follows fiction.
  12. Dressing people: Understand what “custom-made” really means.
  13. Road to nowhere: Learn to become self-sufficient.
  14. Ready to show? Ready to exhibit?

Taught by

Stefano Mirti, Giovanni Pasca Raymondi and Lucia Giuliano

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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Lizz completed this course.
This is as good as it gets. The Design 101 is by far the best designed and most interactive MOOC. It shines on so many levels.

I have done MOOCs from some of the biggest names in the business but all of them pale by comparison with this one. Of course, it was no surprise for me to discover that a group of very talented and hardworking designers from Milan have put together such an outstanding MOOC.

Instead of the boring videos and readings that other MOOCs have as a staple, everyday we would look forward with anticipation to receiving a video postcard from a different…
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5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Design 1o1 is one of the best moocs! What makes it different from other moocs that I've taken is its special atmosphere. Teachers of this course are not inaccessible, you don't see them only in the video lectures, they are always around, on the forum and in facebook group, ready to help with advice and express their opinion. Their continuous presence made the students themselves very united, none of the previous courses gave me so many friends as this course. And it's important, yes you get knowledge, yes you develop your skills, but design is people, and when you have lots of friends from different countries who are creative, who inspire you, who share your interests, that's what helps us to move ... Also this course was finished with a great exhibition, where many students could present their works and where participants could meet each other in person, it's rare for moocs, isn't it?!

Thanks)) Knara A...
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This class was well-planned and thoughtful on a number of levels. Content-wise it was very rich and I learned a huge amount. It provided me with enough reading materials and references to continue learning about the topic and exploring the field after the course's end. The presentation of the course material was extremely creative and made learning a LOT of fun ! Finally it really succeeded in building a very vibrant virtual community of design students, with a lot of constructive exchange and learning taking place between the students themselves, which was one of the course objectives. Overall, it is an excellent course, one that I have been recommending to anyone interested in art or design and even those who aren't ! My rating would be 5 out of 5.
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5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Loved loved loved this class. Entertaining videos. Informative and entertaining reading. A lot of hands on homework. Although it is difficult to finish all the assignments, you'll have a great time trying. The facebook arena was a MUST in order to have the creative interaction with other students. The student skill level ranged from no design experience to professional designers and many of us with some hobby skills but working professionals outside of design. I am in the latter group. Although I don't plan on having Design as a career... if I had a course this inspiring twenty years ago, I may have changed my major!
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5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I never took a class that was more fun, where the teachers worked so hard and went trough so much trouble.

It was a life-changing experience for me: I made a lot of friends all over the world, I learned a lot of things , creative as well as intellectual.

The class was very interactive and a real community formed.

I can recommend this course to everyone. Beware however, the workload is heavy, and you'll get hooked very quickly!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The class was amazing.. Totally different from other MOOC I've seen. Teacher were so prepared and know a lot about learning dynamics. It was a really intensive experience and I made a lot of good friends all over the word. I don't have previous competencies on Design and I will not in this field but the class gave me more instrument to understand design as amateur but also to understand how to try to re-design my professional life.
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5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wonderful experience.

Learning about important names in the contemporary design on a very unusual way...

Going trough encyclopedia which ,makes you want to learn more not only about design, but also about music, movies, books, cameras, flowers...

Making creative home works and learning a lot about the process...

Finding very inspirational teachers...

Making friends....
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5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wonderful experience.

Learning about important names in the contemporary design on a very unusual way...

Going trough encyclopedia which ,makes you want to learn more not only about design, but also about music, movies, books, cameras, flowers...

Making creative home works and learning a lot about the process...

Finding very inspirational teachers...

Making friends....
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wonderful experience.

Learning about important names in the contemporary design on a very unusual way...

Going trough encyclopedia which ,makes you want to learn more not only about design, but also about music, movies, books, cameras, flowers...

Making creative home works and learning a lot about the process...

Finding very inspirational teachers...

Making friends....
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Wonderful experience.

Learning about important names in the contemporary design on a very unusual way...

Going trough encyclopedia which ,makes you want to learn more not only about design, but also about music, movies, books, cameras, flowers...

Making creative home works and learning a lot about the process...

Finding very inspirational teachers...

Making friends....
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
nanouk completed this course.
Best MOOC I have done by far (3 in Coursera, 1 in Acumen, 1 in Udacity, 1 un rue89). The team was focus on designing a learning process adapted to the media, to the connected world. The result is a vivid community who asks for more! This is the post I made about this MOOC: http://isayel.net/post/76246819037/design1o1-the-mooc-that-rocks-design1o1-is-a
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Top notch! Life changing experience, inspiring, creative, wonderfully crazy professors, great classmates!

101 days of revelations through learning about life and myself by crafting objects, conceptualizing, transmuting concrete experiences into epiphanies.

Magical.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It's a super-course! Very fun, very energetic and interesting!

It's about design, community, connections, collaboration, interaction with world and people.

I'm very grateful to instructors and classmates :) It is really cool!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The class has been absolutely awesome!

I will save all the letters and video from Desing 101 team as a outrageous source of information and inspirations

DEFINITELY SEVEN STARS!!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
That was my first online course and all I can say is that I had the most amazing experience ever. Loved it so much that I am anxiously waiting for Design 102.

Marcia caldeira
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The most amazing course online possible. Not

only learned to design things.... we designed a community with amazing, wonderful and creative people from all over the world
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a fantastic MOOC. It has revolutionized the MOOC world where it united more than 60 countries together in Berlin, Germany. I felt so proud of be part of it.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
IT WAS FANTASTIC, MIND OPENING, ILLUMINATING, CHANGING YOUR WORLD, GETTING YOU TO THE POINT OF CREATION IN WHICHEVER SUBJECT YOU CHOOSE.

LOVELY..
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Kruthika R
5.0 a year ago
Kruthika audited this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a brilliant course...I liked the concept of letters...! :) I could go through the whole course it was so interactive and creative!! :)
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Anonymous
5.0 4 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Top class instructors, excellent course and

Lovely co-students , all in all , best online course

Design 1o1.

Anirudh Chawla
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