Introduction to Human-Centered Design, A Free Course from Acumen
Human-centered design (HCD) is a creative approach to problem-solving pioneered by the design firm IDEO.
IDEO.org is out to design an end to poverty by bringing creativity, empathy, and innovation to the social sector. Our goal is to improve the lives of people in poor and vulnerable communities through design and we’re doing it in three ways: through the products, services, and experiences that we design; through the problem solvers we fuel; and by inspiring the social sector to adopt human-centered design.
+Acumen is a global learning community for social change-makers. Be an effective force for change with Acumen’s free online courses and chapters. They invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives.
Human-Centered Design Course Description
This is an intensive, hands-on learning experience that will challenge you to get out of your chair and out into the real world to talk to people and test your ideas. You’ll leave this experience equipped and energized to apply the human-centered design process to challenges across industries, sectors, and geographies to generate breakthrough ideas.
What You’ll Learn
- Master the 4 steps of the human-centered design process to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges
- Build an effective interview guide to learn and document your use research
- Gain strategies for synthesizing your user research and identifying opportunities for design
- Practice creative techniques to build rapid prototypes and make your ideas come to life
- Learn to effectively test your prototypes with real users and identify promising solutions to begin implementing
Approximately 5 hours per week:
- 1-2 hours of individual work
- 2-3 hours of in-person group work
Statement of Accomplishment:
Subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed jointly by +Acumen and IDEO.org.
How to Sign Up
Deadline: 14th March 2018