Free Human-Centered Design Course

Pawa is putting together 1-2 teams for this class! Who would like to join?

Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation is a seven-week course that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and help you use the design process to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change. No prior design experience necessary.

Acumen believes in the importance of incorporating the principles of human-centered design when creating solutions to problems of poverty so that low-income customers are provided with choice, not just charity.

registration info

Registration Deadline: March 30, 2014
Start Date: March 31, 2014
End Date: May 19, 2014

You must register by 11:59 PST on March 30, 2014 to be eligible for this course. REGISTER & MORE INFO HERE.


how the course works

There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course. You will work through the course with a group of 2-6 people we will refer to as your “design team”. It’s strongly recommended you form a team with people located in your city before starting the course BUT you must all sign-up individually by clicking the “Register Now!” button.

You will learn the human-centered design process by applying it to a real world design challenge. Each week you will explore the main human-centered design concepts through readings, case studies, and short videos. Then you’ll be expected to meet in-person with your design team to get your hands dirty practicing the relevant human-centered design methods.

Each week you will receive an e-mail with the materials for the upcoming class. The materials will consist of two things:

  • Class readings (1-2 hours): To be completed before your team meets for your workshop
  • Workshop Materials (2-2.5): To complete during your team’s workshop

You’ll select a different member of your design team to prepare and facilitate the workshop each week. This “Class Leader” will be responsible for organizing the necessary space and materials needed before the workshop begins as well as facilitating and keeping time during the workshop.

There are two tracks your design team can follow depending on your experience with the human-centered design process:

  • Track 1: Is for beginners just starting to experiment with the human-centered design process. In this track your design team will pick one of three pre-crafted design challenges to pursue through the course.
  • Track 2: Is for those who took this course before or have a good grasp of the human-centered design process. By following this track you will be guided through how to scope your own design challenge to then pursue through the course.

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to interact and gain inspiration from design teams around the world taking the course with you and ask questions of experienced human-centered designers when you feel stuck.


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