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  • Welcome! > Introduction to the course > Welcome to our course on the 'Delft Design Approach'
  • Welcome! > Introduction to the course > Course Teaching Staff
  • Welcome! > Course structure > Sneak preview Introduction week 1

Welcome! > Introduction to the course > Welcome to our course on the ‘Delft Design Approach’

  • At our university at the faculty of industrial design we use the Delft Design Approach to create successful products.
  • If you are eager to learn more about the process product design by learning about user research, defining a design challenge, generating ideas, developing a concept or testing a prototype, this MOOC will guide you through these design phases, plus it’ll give you the opportunity to directly apply what you’ve learned in a series of design exercises.
  • We will provide you with video lectures, quizzes to test your gained knowledge, design exercises and benchmarking videos.

Welcome! > Introduction to the course > Course Teaching Staff

  • I conduct research in design methodology and design thinking.
  • I will be your host during the whole course, taking you from week to week as you experience the Delft approach to design.
  • We have done so by involving top teaching staff from the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the Delft University of Technology.
  • He conducts research on tools and techniques for the conceptual phase of design.
  • Key elements in his work are ‘research through design’, ‘experiential prototypes’ and the ‘contextmapping’ methodology.
  • Jelle zijlstra is design teacher and practicing designer.
  • He teaches design and design didactics at the Delft University of Technology and heads the Man and Mobility department at the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
  • Matthijs van Dijk is Professor of applied Design and founder and partner of Amsterdam-based design consultancy Reframing studio.
  • He will introduce you to a number of basic principles that underlie the definition of a meaningful design challenge.
  • Carlos Cardoso is assistant professor in Design Theory and Methodology.
  • He conducts research on problem solving, creativity, design fixation, user-centered design and usability.
  • Stefan van de Geer is design teacher and course coordinator.
  • He is responsible for the honors track for students of the Industrial Design Engineering program at the Delft University of Technology.
  • Koos Eissen is associate professor and heads the drawing department at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.
  • He conducts research in management of product innovation, creativity and multi-disciplinary design and innovation teams.
  • Annemiek van Boeijen is assistant professor in Industrial Design and Design Aesthetics.
  • She conducts research on the role of culture in design processes.
  • She also teaches design and is co-editor of the Delft Design Guide.
  • We hope they will inspire you to learn from their experiences! We are very proud to be able to offer you this course with material that is brought to you by world-class design teachers and practitioners from Delft.

Welcome! > Course structure > Sneak preview Introduction week 1

  • Hi! And welcome to this online course on the Delft Approach to Design.
  • In this course, we will introduce you to the basic principles of designing meaningful products as we teach it in Delft.
  • Learning to become a designer is about acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills, but also about gaining experience.
  • The teaching staff on this course is thrilled to not only tell you about design, but also to let you experience the act of designing yourself! You will have to get your feet wet! Each week, you will take classes, engage in design exercises and compare your performance to a benchmark.
  • As you go along, you will go through the design process from the early stages of framing your ideas to concept development and finally testing.
  • The design exercises are tied together by a design theme.
  • You will be designing a product to improve people’s morning rituals.
  • You also learn from the experience of practicing designers in the field.
  • Together, we hope that these elements provide you a unique online course on design.
  • As a designer one of the first things you want to learn is that deadlines can help you in making decisions – and making progress.
  • This week, we will first introduce you to the way that we teach designing in Delft.
  • We also explain you the design theme of morning rituals.
  • You will gain insight into a user’s world and learn how to use those insights to inspire your design process.
  • In week three, you will define a design challenge based on the insights that you have gathered.
  • You will generate ideas based on the design challenge that you formulated.
  • We will ask you to make a list of requirements that can guide further development of your design.
  • You will learn what a design concept entails and how to choose between concepts.
  • Week seven is about getting feedback from users on your design.
  • You will finish the course with a presentation of your final design concept where you have the chance to explain why your design is valuable and meaningful to its users! As you can see, there is a lot of exciting work ahead of us.

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