Human-Centered Design 201: Prototyping

Learn from IDEO.org designers to make your ideas come to life

Course Details

  • Price: FREE
  • Start Date: MAR 13, 2018
  • Time: 5 hours/week
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Partner: IDEO.org

What You’ll Learn:

  • Practice the mindsets and methods of human-centered design to produce tangible results quickly
  • Experiment with methods to prototype products, services, interactions, and environments
  • Gain valuable feedback from the people you’re designing for and incorporating that feedback into new iterations
  • Demonstrate how the cycle of prototyping, feedback, and iteration leads to concept refinement

Description:

Prototyping is the stage of the human-centered design process where ideas come to life. Building prototypes is a low-cost and risk-averse way to get your ideas into the hands of the people you’re trying to change. 

This is an intensive, hands-on learning experience that will equip you to prototype products, services, interactions, and environments. You’ll learn methods that IDEO.org designers use to quickly build prototypes, learn best practices for testing those ideas in the field, and collecting real user feedback to iterate efficiently.

Format:

Project-Based Course

Course Syllabus

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LEARNING TOOLS
  • 4 reading guides
  • 4 workshop guides to structure your own prototyping process
  • Short instructional videos produced by IDEO.org designers
  • Supplemental resources
Section 1: Make It Real
  • Warm-Up Exercise
  • Activity: Start with an Idea
  • Activity: Prototype a Product
  • Discussion: Feedback from Your Team
  • Activity: Iterate
  • Discussion: Debrief
Section 2: Build to Think
  • Activity: Plan Your Service Prototype
  • Activity: Create a Journey Map
  • Activity: Role Play
  • Discussion: Feedback from Your Friend
  • Activity: Iterate and Refine Your Plan
  • Discussion: Debrief
Section 3: Plan for Field Tests
  • Activity: Prototype a Space
  • Activity: Plan Your Field Tests
  • Activity: Sketch It
  • Activity: Mock It Up
  • Discussion: Feedback from Your Team
  • Activity: Iterate and Refine Your Plan
  • Discussion: Debrief
Section 4: In the Field
  • Activity: Prototype in Context
  • Activity: Feedback from Real Users
  • Activity: Co-Creation
  • Activity: Iteration on the Fly
  • Discussion: Debrief
  • Reflections
  • Discussion: Moving Forward

Course Partners

IDEO.org is the nonprofit arm of the world-renowned design firm, IDEO.  They design products, services, and experiences to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities. They are experts in human-centered design, a creative approach to problem solving.

What People Are Saying

Kevin Schneider, Professor of International Business

"This class has been extremely relevant for prototyping multiple elements of the cashew cookstove we are developing in small Brazilian villages. We are using all of the frameworks to develop our prototype."

Kevin Schneider, Professor of International Business