Creative Design for Innovation

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Outline of lecture

This class covers design theory and design methods for innovation, based on industrial design and user-centered product design approach. Topics include ideas generation/creativity techniques and user-centered development/testing methods. The students will conduct a design project in groups: generating ideas of creative concepts of technological products and making prototypes and products. The creativity and user-friendliness of the design concepts will be emphasized.

Purpose of lecture

The students will learn how to imagine and make technological products of the future, like communication devices, transportation systems, healthcare devices and so on.
They will learn how to conduct a design project with the following milestones:
- identifying a design problem (problem framing)
- using creative-thinking techniques (brainstorming, C-K, analogical reasoning窶ヲ)
- imagining innovative concepts for technological products of the future (wearable tech, 窶徭mart things窶, tangible interfaces窶ヲ)
- producing representations of intermediate design solutions (sketches and prototypes)
- collecting users窶 needs and conduct user tests (ethnography and ergonomics)
- measuring the impact of their design onto people, society and environment

Plan of lecture

This is a QUARTER course: 7.5 x 3 hours

(1) Oct 6, 2014 : Introduction to design and innovation
(2) Oct 20, 2014: Trends in technological innovative design: Wearable tech, quantified self, tangible interfaces, emotional design, smart things and connected objects
(3) Oct 27, 2014 : Ethnography and user research
(4) Nov 6, 2014 : Ideas generation (sketching, storyboarding, quick-and-dirty prototyping)
(5) Nov 10, 2014 : GUEST LECTURE, interaction design. teamLab (
(6) Nov 17, 2014 : Idea development / prototyping interactions with Arduino
(7) Nov 26, 2014 : GUEST LECTURE, design ethnography. Dr. Nicolas Nova, HEAD Geneva (
(8) Dec 1st, 2014 : Project final presentations

Textbook and reference

- UNIVERSAL METHODS OF DESIGN (2012) Bella Martin, Bruce Hanington. Ed. Rockport
- SKETCHING USER EXPERIENCE (2012) Saul Greenberg, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nicolai Marquardt, Bill Buxton. Ed. Morgan Kaufmann
- SMART THINGS (2010) Mike Kuniavsky. Ed. Morgan Kaufman.
- THE DESIGN OF FUTURE THINGS (2009) Donald Norman. Ed. Basic Books.

(all available at Tokyo Tech library)

Related and/or prerequisite courses



Workshop: 20%
Final deliverable: 50%
Final presentation: 20%
Classroom participation: 10 %

Comments from lecturer

Special lectures:

- 2014.11.10: Special lecture with teamLab

- 2014.11.26 : Special Workshop with Dr. Nicolas Nova, design professor at the Geneva University of Arts and Design (HEAD)


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