The question.

by New Idiom


It's that time of the year again. Time to get together with loved ones and inevitably have to answer questions such as, "So what type of design do you do at school? Is it like interior design?", before someone's eyes glaze over. No, really what we do at ID is so fun!

If you need to work on your response take a line from our professors at ID, who responded a similar question in a series started by alumna, Irene Loomis (M.Des 2015).

Anijo Mathew
Kim Erwin
Laura Forlano
Marty Thaler
Stan Ruecker
Vijay Kumar

Have you come up with an answer that works well with your grandparents? We'd love to hear it!


International Food Fest 2015

by Wenxi Wang


The International Food Festival is one of the most beloved events at ID. Each autumn, ID students, both international and from the States, bring in a wide variety of food and beverages together, potluck-style. They do this collectively, to share a piece of their respective, diverse cultures to a rhythm of music and flavor.

IDers get to know each other on a deeper level by sharing stories from around the world. This festival of food and culture is also a great break from the rigorous and demanding ID life!


Describing What We Learn at ID: Vijay Kumar

by Irene Loomis


This is the final 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 Vijay Kumar wrote:

"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."


Why I post less to Facebook (and perhaps you do, too)

by Jeff Turkelson


I post less and less to Facebook than in years past. There are a variety of reasons why. Having joined in 2005, the novelty has long since worn off. The quantity and prevalence of social networks has made it tiring and burdensome to keep up, especially as my life gets busier. And then there is the pressure I feel to post content worth sharing. Just recently, a friend of mine had looked back at what she posted eight years ago and felt embarrassed. That certainly resonated with me. I post less and less to Facebook because of escalating self-imposed criteria for what’s worth sharing, the result of a greater sensitivity to how my digital presence reflects on me now and will in the future.

All of these theories hold true in some regard, but I’ve found there is another reason why I post less to Facebook. While I impose criteria for what I consider “worth sharing”, I feel another limiting pressure emerges from the nature of the Facebook platform and others’ expectations of the kind of content they expect to see. The Facebook platform encourages content that’s quickly created and quickly consumed, which is precisely the sort of content that I feel is not worth sharing.

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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!