What is design? How does one do it? Is doing design similar to doing science, engineering, art, or some combination? Or is design its own thing? An activity and a mindset that approaches the world with its own goals, tools, and procedures?
We will explore these questions by doing design – short deep dives and extended engagements with a range of design problems — and by taking design apart – careful, considered, and speculative unpacking of some everyday products. You will have the opportunity to work in 3 laboratories for these activities, including:
- electronic prototyping (microcontrollers, circuits, coding), to occur in the GVU labs,
- mechanical design and fabrication (mechanisms), to occur in the ME Invention Studio,
- physical prototyping (materials, finishes, textures), to occur in the Industrial Design laboratories