Foundations of Design for Design Thinkers

Fall 2012
Hone Your Skills

Tue/Thu 10:00a – 11:50a
Studio 2
ME 319
2 – 4 credits
Credit/No Credit
Launched 2012

This course is an introduction to the fundamental practice and principles of Design, geared toward graduate students involved and invested in innovation and design thinking. Core concepts include Contrast, Color, Materiality, Form, Proportion, Transitions, and more. Students will be introduced to the major philosophical concepts of design in readings and in class, and will practice techniques in class and via weekly hands-on projects out of class, culminating in a final personal project. Students will also be introduced to many hands-on prototyping and making skills via access to the Product Realization Lab and Room 36 ( A license for the PRL/Room 36 will be required in this class, and students should expect to purchase about $150 in supplies in addition.

Enrollment limited to 24; graduate students only. To apply, you MUST sign up in Axess AND come to the first day of class to complete the application.

Teaching Team
Charlotte Burgess-Auburn,
John Barton, Architecture Program
Jonathan Edelman, ME Design


Foundations of Design for Design Thinkers