This hands-on design course introduces students to traditional and non-traditional approaches to product design and the design process, including research and concept development, ideation design, explorations of materiality, experimental modeling and prototyping, and presentation design. Students meet online 4 days per week over a 4 week period with Parsons faculty and an international cohort of peers for real-time creative and technical design instruction, project guidance, and group and individual critiques. Live instruction is supplemented with digitally archived project support and reference resources. This exploratory design course incorporates structured “away time” from the computer in which students investigate world events, social issues, and personal experiences and interests as a springboard for design inspiration, direction, and production. Students learn the fundamentals of research and design development in exploring products and product systems, user interface, human factors, ergonomics, materiality and use, sustainability, innovations in technology, design problem-solving, and 2D and 3D visualization and prototyping. Digital tools, including the Adobe Creative Cloud, are introduced. The four-week experience includes guest speakers from industry and virtual field trips. Students will participate in individual and collaborative design exercises to inform their unique design of a product or product system; they will present their completed design process as a series of 2D and 3D representations in a designed e-publication.
- Show an understanding of the virtual design studio environment and practice by participating in a variety of synchronous (real-time interaction) and asynchronous (structured "away-time") activities including lectures, demos, and discussions; individual and collaborative exercises and projects; and self and peer critiques.
- Gain a deeper understanding of the practice and application of primary and secondary research and its impact on creative and technical processes, including themes derived from observing and interpreting world events, social issues, and personal experiences.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the iterative creative process by maintaining analog and/or digital process journals/sketchbooks documenting research, ideation studies, resolved designs, commentary, and self-reflection.
- Demonstrate an understanding of innovative approaches to product design and the design process, including research and concept development, ideation design, explorations of materiality, experimental modeling and prototyping, and presentation design.
- Demonstrate an understanding of purposefully designed products and product systems, user interface, human factors, ergonomics, materiality and use, sustainability, innovations in technology, design problem-solving, and 2D and 3D visualization and prototyping.
- Demonstrate an understanding of analog and digital drawing and imaging mediums and styles to visually communicate different phases of the product design process including the creation of a final presentation e-publication.
- Acquire the skills to create and curate a cohesive body of design work that supports a visual narrative expressive of an individual and evolving design identity.
This course is one offering from our Parsons Online Summer Intensive Studies program. For more information on schedule, registration, and refund policies, see program details