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DSGN 425: Digital Design and Development

Quarter Offered

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


This course can only accommodate MMM students.


In this course, we will explore how managers, designers and engineers work collectively to build a software product.  We’ll take a practical approach, playing the role of product manager in developing a fictional software application.  We’ll first learn how (and why) to design a database representing real-world entities.  We’ll then create additional planning documents frequently used by technical teams, covering both user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) concepts.  Finally, using “low-code” tools, we’ll build a working prototype / MVP, and gain insight into how engineers translate design documents into a functional product.  We’ll see some limitations of this approach and then discuss steps to overcome those limitations.  And throughout, we’ll incorporate common processes and tools used in the industry.

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