Jul 26th 2016

Design Kit: Prototyping (NovoEd)

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Human-centered design is a process that starts with the people you're designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. Prototyping is a crucial part of this process. Building prototypes gives you a chance to get your ideas out of your head and into the hands of the people you're designing for. By getting feedback early and often, and continuing to improve your idea, you'll be well on your way to getting useful ideas and solutions out into the world.

This four-week course builds on Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design, a class that has been taken by thousands of teams around the world. The curriculum will strengthen your existing knowledge of the human-centered design process and help you to become a more innovative problem solver by building up your prototyping skills. You'll walk away knowing how to prototype products, services, and environments, and get constructive feedback along the way.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

- Practice the mindsets and methods of human-centered design so that you can become a more effective, innovative problem solver, specifically through prototyping

- Produce tangible results quickly and bring your ideas to life through early, rough prototypes

- Experiment with the power of prototyping in multiple forms—from products to services to environments

- Gain valuable feedback from the people you're designing for, and how that feedback can inform and be integrated into new iterations

- Demonstrate how the cycle of prototyping, feedback, and iteration leads to concept refinement