Describing What We Learn at ID: Laura Forlano

by Irene Loomis


This is the fifth installment in a series of responses from many ID professors.

As a student at ID, I am always meeting new people who are curious about what I am studying. The answer is very different if I am talking to my Grandma, a new acquaintance, or a designer.

To find out how ID Professors describe what they teach to non-designers, I have started asking for responses to a sitation that we all find ourselves in.

Here's the scenario:

You are at a party at your neighbor's house. You start talking to a stranger who asks "what do you do?" You say that you are a Professor at the Institute of Design. The stranger asks "what is taught at the Institute of Design?"

Professor Laura Forlano wrote:

I'd say, "We teach students to raise new questions, reframe problems and explore alternative possibilities through iterative, hands-on prototyping. We teach students a lot about the relationships between people, technology and space, which are important for understanding almost any issue facing business and society more broadly including social innovation and sustainability. We teach students to work collaboratively (both with each other and with faculty as well as multiple stakeholders from outside the university) and give thoughtful critique and feedback to their peers."


Describing What We Learn at ID: Anijo Mathew

by Irene Loomis


This is the fourth installment in a series of responses from many ID professors.

As a student at ID, I am always meeting new people who are curious about what I am studying. The answer is very different if I am talking to my Grandma, a new acquaintance, or a designer.

To find out how ID Professors describe what they teach to non-designers, I have started asking for responses to a sitation that we all find ourselves in.

Here's the scenario:

You are at a party at your neighbor's house. You start talking to a stranger who asks "what do you do?" You say that you are a Professor at the Institute of Design. The stranger asks "what is taught at the Institute of Design?"

Professor Anijo Mathew wrote:

“We are a strategy and planning school. We are unlike most other Design schools, and tend to work more like a Business school. We help large companies like Target, Steelcase, Boeing, McDonald's, Motorola etc. to think about the fuzzy front end of business decision making - how to learn from their users, and use these lessons to build a strategy of what to build for these users in terms of products, services, and experiences.”

 

Next week's installment: Laura Forlano!


Describing What We Learn at ID: Marty Thaler

by Irene Loomis


This is the third installment in a series of responses from many ID professors.

As a student at ID, I am always meeting new people who are curious about what I am studying. The answer is very different if I am talking to my Grandma, a new acquaintance, or a designer.

To find out how ID Professors describe what they teach to non-designers, I have started asking for responses to a sitation that we all find ourselves in.

Here's the scenario:

You are at a party at your neighbor's house. You start talking to a stranger who asks "what do you do?" You say that you are a Professor at the Institute of Design. The stranger asks "what is taught at the Institute of Design?"

Professor Marty Thaler wrote:

"I would say something like I teach at the Institute of Design, its a graduate school of design, I teach classes in product design. I like teaching the fundamentals of product design with an emphasis on prototyping. I also teach product workshops to develop new products and sometimes small scale environments. The students are great and they come from all over the world. I think I need another blue moon :)

"What is taught here? Hmmm .... how to design .... we design everything from strategies to communications, to interactions to products. We base our designs on research and prototyping what might work and then see what people say about it. Then we make it better." 

 

Next week's installment: Anijo Mathew!


Speed 'Dating' 2014 : Sharing internship stories

by New Idiom


Speed Dating 2014 was an event for students at the Institute of Design to share their experiences from summer internships and projects. With so many incredible opportunities ranging between design strategy, design research, interaction design, system design, and service design, students came together for one evening to share, listen, and learn.

Documented and edited by Ariana Shadlyn
Music by King Kahn & The BBQ Show


Describing What We Learn at ID: Kim Erwin

by Irene Loomis


This is the second installment in a series of responses from many ID professors.

As a student at ID, I am always meeting new people who are curious about what I am studying. The answer is very different if I am talking to my Grandma, a new acquaintance, or a designer.

To find out how ID Professors describe what they teach to non-designers, I have started asking for responses to a sitation that we all find ourselves in.

Here's the scenario:

You are at a party at your neighbor's house. You start talking to a stranger who asks "what do you do?" You say that you are a Professor at the Institute of Design. The stranger asks "what is taught at the Institute of Design?"

Professor Kim Erwin wrote:

"The Institute of Design is a graduate only program that teaches innovation methods to help industries figure out what ought to come next. This can include helping healthcare companies think about what to do with patient-generated data or even what fast food companies can do to help make their service experience more delightful and therefore competitive. We have a bias towards putting customers at the center of the problem space, and then apply relevant design methods to develop and demonstrate a future state that we think is better than what exists today. 

"Pretty much what I say, although if everyone's eyes are not glazed over in boredom, I add my example of hanging cameras in McDonalds' front counter systems to better understand the customer experience. Everyone's been to McDonalds, and they get this."

 

Next week's installment: Marty Thaler!


ALS ice bucket challenge is narcissistic. So what?

by Jeff Turkelson


As of August 19th, the ALS Association had received $22.9 million in donations nationwide compared with $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to Aug. 19), according to the organization’s website.

There are many criticisms of the ice bucket challenge, some of which are more valid than others. A particularly interesting one to me, though, is the idea that the viral stunt is an exercise in narcissism. If that were the case, I should think the material benefit (millions of dollars raised) would outweigh the social taboo of celebrating one's own virtues. And maybe it shouldn't be considered poor taste to flaunt charitable acts if it results in more charitable acts. Narcissistic philanthropy is still philanthropy.

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Describing What We Learn at ID: Stan Ruecker

by Irene Loomis


As a student at ID, I am always meeting new people who are curious about what I am studying. The answer is very different if I am talking to my Grandma, a new acquaintance, or a designer.

To find out how ID Professors describe what they teach to non-designers, I have started asking for responses to a sitation that we all find ourselves in.

Here's the scenario:

You are at a party at your neighbor's house. You start talking to a stranger who asks "what do you do?" You say that you are a Professor at the Institute of Design. The stranger asks "what is taught at the Institute of Design?"

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What do we do when classes are over?

by New Idiom


In this video produced by ID student Paul Sheetz, students talk about their experiences in summer internships and immersion programs around the world. Check out what students do when they have a bit of "free time."