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."