Think. Do. Make.

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