design course text

Design is conceiving and giving form to artifacts that solve problems.

A line from the text book, “Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society” which I’m sure sums up the course topic perfectly. Now it’s a matter of picking that sentence apart and putting it into practice.

Design Course Text


Design Course Text

Inside view

One great thing about being in Viet Nam is the print shops. Give them the PDF on a USB stick and within 15 minutes 2 books are printed, trimmed and spiral bound for only a few dollars.

Today is a reading day before the course begins tomorrow.

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free university course #2

As reported in my last post, I’ve enrolled in a free university course through Coursera beginning next January. However, being the impatient type of person I am, I decided to see if any courses beginning this month were of interest. From the ones commencing within the next few weeks, both Lan and I have chosen “Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society”. As you can see in the image below, this course commences this coming Monday, precisely 2 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes, and 4 seconds from the time I took this screen grab. Very precise?? Or just a developer having fun with some code perhaps :-)

free university course

The course outline suggests that it will, “Combine fundamental concepts with hands-on design challenges to become a better designer”.  Considering design is one of the things I’m passionate about and web design in particular, this sounds pretty good to me.

As you can see from the image below, the course is presented by the University of Pennsylvania and the instructor is Karl T. Ulrich. 8 weeks duration is pretty fine also as it means I’ll have a break over the Christmas period between courses. Unless that is I see another course that I can’t resist taking! Ah… the eternal student.

Here’s the short introductory video from the course site:

So actually, i guess this article title should read, “free university course #1” given I’ll be commencing this course first, however, it doesn’t pay to be too pedantic about stuff like this :-)