After finishing the MOOC ‘Introduction to Communication Science‘ at the University of Amsterdam, I was inspired to find out what other MOOC’s there were. Coursera, one of the largest providers of MOOC’s offered the course ‘Design, creation of artifacts for society‘, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. And because design is one of my personal interests, I signed up.
The course aimes at making us a better designer. The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design perfromance. The course was deliberately broad – spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods and products. The emphasis of the course is the basis design process: define, explore, select and refine.
I’m in the fifth week of this eight week course and I must say: every week is a party. The creative design proces is very satisfying. A couple of the assignments: