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106Design Thinking and Communication
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208Design Thinking and Doing
Sec 1: Mon/Wed, 5-6:20pm, Ford Studio 3, Alexis Schilf & Hemant Jha, Sec 2: Tues/Thurs, 11am-12:20pm, Ford Studio 3, Sabrina Katz & Kim Hoffmann
Tues/Thurs, 9:30-10:50am, Ford Studio 3
TBD
Sec 1: Tues/Thurs, 9-10:20am, Ford Studio 3, Sec 2: Tues/Thurs, 5-6:20pm, Ford Studio 3,
TBD
220Design Sketching I (1/2 Unit)
Wednesday, 9:30-10:50am; Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
Sabrina Katz
Wednesday, 9:30-10:50am, Studio 3
Sabrina Katz
Wednesday, 9:30-10:50am, Ford Design Studio, Ford 1.230
Sabrina Katz
230Machining Basics (1/2 unit)
Tuesday, 9am-12pm 5wk1, Ford Prototyping Lab
Bob Taglia


240Solid Modeling (1/2 Unit)
Thursday, 2-4:50 pm; 5wk1 or 5wk2 ; Tech MG47
John Hartman
Thursday, 2-4:50 pm; 5wk1; Tech MG 47
John Hartman
Sec 1:Thursday, 2-4:50 pm; 5wk1; Tech MG 47 Sec 2: Tuesday 6:30-9:30 pm; 5wk1; Tech MG 47
John Hartman
241Wireframing and App Design Basics (1/2 unit)


5wk1 and 5wk2 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1:20pm, Studio 3
Arvin Dang
243Visual Thinking for Design (1/2 unit)
Tuesday, 2-4:50 pm; 5wk1; Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
John Hartman


295Finding things out: designing experiments, discovering relationships, and making conclusions

Not offered in WI25

297Smart Electronics in Design
Tues & Thurs 9:30-10:50am, 5wk1, Ford Mechatronics Lab, B.100
Nick Marchuk


Mon, Wed, & Fri, 12-12:50pm, 5wk1, Ford Mechatronics Lab, B.100
297TIG Welding (1/2 unit)


Wednesdays 9am-12pm, 5W1, Ford Prototyping Lab
Bob Taglia & Heidi Huckabay
297Silversmithing Basics (1/2 unit)


Friday, 9am-12pm. 5w1; Ford Prototyping Lab
Kim Hoffmann
300Designing Your Life (Also PRDV 300)

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305Human-Centered Service Design

Not offered in Winter 2024

306User Experience Design

Tuesdays, 9am-12pm, San Francisco (Bay Area Immersion Students Only)
Pam Daniels
Tuesdays 6-9 pm, The Hive, Ford 2.350
Pam Daniels
308Human-Centered Product Design
Monday, 6-8:50pm; The Hive, Ford 2.350
Dan Brown

Monday 2-4:50 pm in Ford G.201/G.205
David Gatchell
315Design, Technology, and Research
Friday's 12-2:50pm; The Garage Classroom
Haoqi Zhang
Friday's 12-2:50pm; The Garage Classroom
Haoqi Zhang
Friday's 12-2:50pm; The Garage Classroom
Haoqi Zhang
320Introduction to Industrial Design Methods

Monday and Wednesday 9:30-10:50am, Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
Greg Holderfield
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10:20am, Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
Greg Holderfield
321Advanced Solid Modeling (1/2 unit)

Thursday 2-4:50 pm, 5wk2; Tech MG47
John Hartman
Thursday 2-4:50pm, 5wk2; Tech MG47
John Hartman
322Rendering (1/2 unit)

Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1:50 pm, Tech MG47
John Hartman
Tuesday and Thursday, 5wk2, 12:30-1:50pm, MG47
John Hartman
345Computer-Aided Manufacturing (1/2 unit)
Wednesday, 3-6pm. 5wk2; Tech MG47
Michael Beltran

Wednesday, 3-6pm. 5wk2; Tech MG47
Michael Beltran
348Advanced Topics: Rapid Prototyping (1/2 unit)
Wednesday, 3-6pm, 5wk1; Ford SB310
Michael Beltran

Wednesday 3-6 pm, 5wk1; Ford SB310
Michael Beltran
350Intellectual Property and Innovation


Not offered in SP25
Dan Brown
365Bay Area Design Practicum

Thursdays 9am-12pm, San Francisco (Bay Area Immersion Students Only)
Pam Daniels

370Portfolio Development and Presentation
Monday and Wednesday, 4:30-5:50pm, Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
Andrew Skwish
Sec 1 Mon/Wed, 5-6:20pm, Ford Design Studio, Andrew Skwish; Sec 2 Mon/Wed 2-3:20, Ford Hive 2.350, John Anderson & Andrew Skwish
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00-6:20pm, Ford Design Studio, Ford 1.230
Andrew Skwish
376Leonardo, Geometry, and the Art of Manufacturing

Friday, 10am-12:50pm, The Hive, Ford 2.350
Matthew Cummins

380-1Industrial Design Projects I

Tuesday 2-4:50pm Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
John Hartman

380-2Industrial Design Projects II


Tuesday 2-4:50 pm, Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
John Hartman
381Digital Product Development (2 units)


Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6pm, The Hive, Ford 2.350
Bridget McMullan and Stacey Wolcott
382-1Service Design Studio I
Tuesday, 12:30-3:20pm; Ford Studio 3
Amy O'Keefe


382-2Service Design Studio II

Tuesday,12:30-3:20pm; The Hive, Ford 2.350
Amy O'Keefe

384-1Interdisciplinary Product Design I
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-5:20pm , G205
John Anderson and Stacy Benjamin


384-2Interdisciplinary Product Design II

Monday, 9am-12pm, G.201
John Anderson and Stacy Benjamin

386Manufacturing Engineering Design


Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:50pm, Ford Design Studio, Ford 1.230
Daniel Brown
388MaDE Capstone Sequence
Tuesday and Thursday, 4:30-5:50pm, Ford Hive 2.350
Dan Brown and David Gatchell
Tuesday and Thursday, 11am-12:20pm, ITW Auditorium, Ford 1.350
Dan Brown and David Gatchell
Tuesday and Thursday, 9-11:50am, Ford Design Studio 1
Dan Brown and David Gatchell
395 495Designing with AI
Graduate Students only; Wednesday 2-5pm, Ford Hive 2.350
Liz Gerber
Undergraduate Students only
Liz Gerber

395Design Objects / Furniture Design

Friday's 2 – 5 p.m., Ford Design Studio 3
Hemant Jha
Friday's 2 – 5 p.m., Ford Design Studio 3
Hemant Jha
395Design Research - Learning to See People and Their Patterns

Wednesday, 6-9 pm. Hive Annex, Ford 2.340
George Aye

340 440Performance and Technology


Mondays and Wednesdays 2 pm - 3:20pm
Thomas DeFrantz
401-1Human-Centered Design Studio 1, Product Design
Monday and Wednesday, 1-4pm, Ford Design Studio 1.230
Jim Wicks and Helen Vondensteinen


401-2Human-Centered Design Studio 2, Interaction Design

Mondays 1:00pm - 3:00pm and Thursdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Susan Curtis, Jesse Wilbur & Tom Quish

401-3Human-Centered Design Studio 3, Service Design

Thursdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Amy O'Keefe and Liz Gerber

407Making Things Sustainable

Tuesday, 9:00am-12:00pm, in the Ford Design Studio, 1.230
Sabrina Katz and Steve Carr

410Design Research
Tuesday, 5:00-8:00pm in the Hive Annex
Michael Chapman and Amy Schwartz


420-1Design Communications: Visual Design and Storytelling
1st 5 weeks, Tuesday, 9:00am-12:00pm
TBD


420-2Design Communications: Ethics and Identity in Design
2nd 5 weeks, Monday, 6:00-9:00pm
George Aye


425Digital Design and Development
1st 5 weeks, 1st year MMM Section: Thursdays 1:30-4:30pm; ITW Classroom
Benjamin Block and Jeffrey Cohen


426Whole-brain Communication (1/2 unit)

2nd 5 weeks of the quarter, 1st year MMM, Sec 1:Mon/Thurs, 1:30-3:00pm, OR, Sec 2: Mon/Thurs, 3:30-5:00pm; ITW Classroom
Steve Franconeri

430Product Management


Friday, 12:30 - 3:30pm
Birju Shah
430Product Management for Technology Companies: An Entrepreneurial Perspective



450Differentiation by Design

Fridays 9:00am-12:00pm
Daniel Brown

455Design Strategy
Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2:00pm in the Ford Hive Annex 2.340
Greg Holderfield


460Appropriability by DesignMondays and Thursdays, 8:30-11:30am
James Conley



465Master Series: Growth Innovation


1st 5 weeks of the quarter
Baiju Shah
(Lab: Thursdays 6:30pm-9:30pm)
470Curiosity Understanding Empathy
Sec 1: 1st 5 weeks : Thursdays, 3:15-6:15pm, OR Sec 2: 2nd 5 weeks : Thursdays, 3:15-6:15pm; Ford Design Studio 1.230
Gina Fong


474Brand and Design Leadership


Mondays, 5:30-8:20pm
475Mindful Product Management: How to Discover, Design, and Scale Human-Centered Products, Services, and Experiences
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm; ITW Classroom
Mike Edmonds


480Business Innovation Lab
There are no specific days/times scheduled for this class. Meeting times are determined by students in the team, the faculty lead, and project sponsor within the company.


485 Master Series: Innovation Strategy


2nd 5 weeks of the quarter
Dan Kraemer
(Lab: Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm)
490Research - Design - Build
Section 1 meets Monday 6:30-9:30pm; Section 2 meets Tuesday 6:30-9:30pm (Ford Design Studio 1.230)
Greg Holderfield & Martha Cotton


495-1Design Sprints


TBD
TBD
495-2Design For Local News


Thursdays, 9:00am-11:50am, Fisk Hall 111
Zach Wise
495-21Designing Product Interactions
Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm in the Ford Design Studio, Ford 1.230
Craig Sampson & Nick Marchuk


495-38ID for Design Innovators
Fridays, 12:30-3:30pm; Ford Design Studio 1
Mike Saubert


499EDI Thesis

Thursdays 9:00am-12:00pm in the Ford Design Studio, Ford 1.230
Jim Wicks, Amy Schwartz