A socially minded product & system design course with Regis Lemberthe of A&Re Design (http://aetredesign.com) meeting weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6pm for 3 weeks (8 sessions). The fee for this meetup covers all 8 classes. To participate in the course, simply sign up for the first session on 4/9/2014 here: http://www.meetup.com/Ace-Monster-Toys/events/172727482/ (the others are posted on the calendar for information only).
At its very sources already, design was aiming at solving problems. Those were first of a technical nature, before the discipline became a commercial investment. Design can also be used to tackle social issues, and this is just what this month-long course focuses on.
The program is split in two parts: a theoretical one that will give participants detailed information about how a standard design process works, because of course one must master the techniques they wish to make use of; and a practical part, during which participants will work as small teams on a social challenge of their choosing.
By the end of the program, people who had no previous design experience have a strong understanding about what design is, what it can be, and a good grasp of the skills required to lead a project to completion - basic research and design methodology; knowledge about materials, production techniques and ecodesign; method to integrate a project within a complex system; prototype-making basics; and project communication and funding.
4/9: Introduction to Design
4/11: Researcher's Kit
4/14: Creative Drafting
4/16: Materials, Production & Ecodesign
4/18: System Design
4/21: Pre- & Post-Production
4/25: Review & Preview