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Turn your idea into a tangible product or service in a low-cost, risk-averse way
Gain valuable feedback from the people you’re designing for and incorporate it into new iterations
Refine a concept using the cycle of prototyping, feedback, and iteration
Experiment to prototype products, services, interactions, and environments
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"

This class has been extremely relevant for prototyping multiple elements of the cashew cookstove we are developing in small Brazilian villages. We are using all of the frameworks to develop our prototype."

Kevin

Course Syllabus

01

LEARNING TOOLS

4 reading guides

4 workshop guides to structure your own prototyping process

Short instructional videos produced by IDEO.org designers

Supplemental resources

02

SECTION 1: MAKE IT REAL

Warm-Up Exercise

Activity: Start with an Idea

Activity: Prototype a Product

Discussion: Feedback from Your Team

Activity: Iterate

Discussion: Debrief

03

SECTION 2: BUILD TO THINK

Activity: Plan Your Service Prototype

Activity: Create a Journey Map

Activity: Role Play

Discussion: Feedback from Your Friend

Activity: Iterate and Refine Your Plan

Discussion: Debrief

04

SECTION 3: PLAN FOR FIELD TESTS

Activity: Plan Your Service Prototype

Activity: Create a Journey Map

Activity: Role Play

Discussion: Feedback from Your Friend

Activity: Iterate and Refine Your Plan

Discussion: Debrief

05

SECTION 4: IN THE FIELD

Activity: Prototype in Context

Activity: Feedback from Real Users

Activity: Co-Creation

Activity: Iteration on the Fly

Discussion: Debrief

Reflections

Discussion: Moving Forward

Course Description

This course will strengthen your existing knowledge of the human-centered design process and help you use prototyping as a low-cost and risk-averse way to get your ideas into the hands of the people you’re trying to change.

You’ll learn the methods that IDEO.org designers use to quickly bring ideas to life with prototypes, test those ideas in the field, and collect feedback and arrive at solutions that meet the needs of the people you’re designing for.

We recommend that you take Introduction to Human-Centered Design before enrolling in this course.

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IDEO.org is a non-profit design studio. They design products and services alongside organizations that are committed to creating a more just and inclusive world. They are experts in human-centered design, a creative approach to problem solving.

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