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Creation of Artifacts in Society

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.

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Rating 4.8 based on 169 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Jun 29 (last week)
Cost $95
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Instructor Karl T. Ulrich
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Language English
Subjects Business Engineering
Tags Business Entrepreneurship Physical Science And Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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professor ulrich in 24 reviews

It is quite demanding in terms of time, concentration and application, but Professor Ulrich's enthusiasm, sense of fun, and the wonder that he imparts meant I was always highly motivated.

Professor Ulrich is a wonderful teacher!

Professor Ulrich touched on this lightly at a couple of points, but I think it is critical for designers to think about their work in the larger, social, political and environmental context.

Professor Ulrich is in love with what he is doing.

Professor Ulrich is a wonderful teacher and is so sharing with ideas, examples, and resources.

I would love to take a follow up to this class with Professor Ulrich.

Professor Ulrich is very engaging, and it's very easy to see he lives, sleeps, and eats product design!

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highly recommend in 18 reviews

Highly recommend this!

Highly recommend this course to anyone interested in design (of any field).

I highly recommend this course if you are interested in understanding the process of creating something.

I will highly recommend this course to my friends!

I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in developed a product, service or idea.

I highly recommend it to anyone with a general curiosity in design or entrepreneurship.

Highly recommended course, the professor is very charismatic.

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artifacts in society in 9 reviews

I enjoyed taking Prof. Ulrich´s Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society because it put together in a simple way what the design process is all about, from finding the user gap to getting the product/service/concept it to the final users.

I have just finished taking the course Creation of Artifacts in Society, taught by Professor Karl Ulrich, of the University of Pennsylvania, which I enjoyed very much.

I loved the Creation of Artifacts in Society course!

Creation of Artifacts in Society from Warton is an engaging MOOC that can give a lot to anyone seriously following the course; whether a beginner or a trained designer like myself.

Thanks a lot Duilio Passariello [email protected] DESIGN Creation of Artifacts in Society.

I looked at what was starting at the end of october and joined the Design : Creation of Artifacts in Society because it seemed interesting.

I hope a Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society II is being planned.

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creation of artifacts in 8 reviews

Course " Creation of Artifacts in Society" is the best and Karl Ulrich very good teacher.

problem solving in 8 reviews

It taught me a different approach to problem solving and also to be more observant of the things around me that are well crafted or could use improvement.

Although, with a little guidance, even the youngest student could learn so much about design and problem solving.

If you have even the slightest interest in design or creative problem solving this course is a must.

Prof. Ulrich really enjoys what he teaches - Design and problem solving.

Thanks a ton :) My background is in Art & Design with a lifelong passion for problem solving.

I am leaving it with a bunch of new tools and techniques for design and problem solving, confidence that I can approach design problems competently effectively, and a passion and drive to continue along a design- oriented career path.

I took it for insight into problem solving as designers "do" it.

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peer review in 8 reviews

I loved seeing the work of the other students through the peer review process and was inspired by the hard work that they put in.

The peer reviews motivated me to produce something to make something good, even better.

Also the peer review works great where real people evaluate your work, and you also get to see how and what your classmates are designing This course is definitely a mind-opener!

Both could still be refined by: (1) Giving more "look-ahead" on assignments to enable application of lessons in a specific step (particularly those that involved user input -- challenging to watch all lectures, learn steps, and then execute in same-week) (2) Creating static peer review groups so that there was some continuity in both projects that you reviewed and feedback from others.

For example, the peer review process relied on external websites and there were many issues around submission times across time zones.

There were some difficulties with the peer reviews at the beginning of the course, but they were corrected on time.

My biggest problem with this class (and why I only rated it two stars) is the way the peer review assignment and assessments are set up.

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Rating 4.8 based on 169 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Jun 29 (last week)
Cost $95
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Instructor Karl T. Ulrich
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Business Engineering
Tags Business Entrepreneurship Physical Science And Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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