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Introducing Metadesign

Introducing Metadesign aims to present the whole design process, covering phases, activities and tools, enabling students to “designing the design process”.

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Course Description

The “Introducing Metadesign” stems from the need to transfer a methodology, a consolidated research practice able to support the design process. The design process is inextricably linked to all the elements of constraint and context that characterize the reality in which the product/service will be developed, communicated, marketed and used. The course structure foresees the reconstruction in phases and successive elaborations of all the elements of context that come into relation with the object of the design process (product, space, service, communication artifact…) influencing its characteristics and creating the “platform” of elements that make its development possible. The set of contextual elements is the scenario on which the construction of the design brief is based, that is the explanation of all the elements that contribute to define a new product. This is not the result of a deterministic vision of design as a direct consequence of the elements of context - production, resources, market, context of use - but the formalization of a practice that in the Italian context has historically fueled the ability to continuously and constantly innovate. Design research thus becomes the tool through which the awareness of the system of available resources is built by creating an organized knowledge platform, a metadesign, which already contains all the elements defining the product.

You can access the course absolutely free of charge and completely online.

Prerequisites

No prerequisite knowledge is required. Nevertheless, to have a basic understanding of the design discipline and founding theories, Students are invited to read:

  • Heskett, J. (2005). Design: A very short introduction (Vol. 136). Oxford University Press.
  • Disegno industriale: un riesame, 1991, “Campi del sapere” n. 142, Feltrinelli (ISBN 88-07-10142-4).

Discussion Forum

Forum section is available. The Forum is designed to allow students to participate to the weekly course activities, exchanging opinions and discussing course contents.

Quizzes and scores

The course entails questions at the end of each week, in the form of self-assessment quizzes. These quizzes will be evaluated and are mandatory for anyone interested to obtain the Certificate.

If you are a student enrolled at Metadesign Studios at Politecnico di Milano - School of Design you are required to individually pass all these quizzes and complete activities in “Be active” sections, complying with the specific directions your will receive from your faculty. This allows you to obtain the MOOC Certificate and access to the final exam of your curricular studio.

If you are not a student enrolled at Metadesign Studios at Politecnico di Milano - School of Design, activities in “Be active” sections are not mandatory, but we strongly believe they offer you a concrete opportunity to improve your knowledge!

Certificate of Accomplishment

The Certificate of Accomplishment will be released to anyone who successfully completed the course by answering correctly to at least 60% of the questions by the end of the edition. You will be able to download the Certificate of Accomplishment directly on the website.

Pay attention: the certificate will be generated only after the closing of the edition. In order to view and download it you will have to wait a few days after the end date.

The Certificate of Accomplishment does not confer any academic credit, grade or degree.

FAQ

For further information, see FAQ page.

Course Faculty

Venanzio Arquilla

Venanzio Arquilla

Venanzio Arquilla is Associate Professor of the Politecnico di Milano _ Design School, Secretary of the Bachelor Degree on Product Design and the Master Degree on Product Design for Innovation at the Politecnico di Milano - Design School. His research activities deal with design innovation tools and methodologies, UX, service design, design policies, making and fabbing, including different research on innovation and technological transfer of design at national and international levels.

Paola Bertola

Paola Bertola

Paola Bertola is full professor at Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Design where she co-ordinates its PhD Program in Design. She teaches Metadesign and Branding at the Politecnico's School of Design and has held lectures and seminars at Italian and international university institutions. Her research interests relate to the management of creative processes in culture intensive industries with special attention to the fashion sector.

Manuela Celi

Manuela Celi

Manuela Celi PhD in Industrial Design, is currently associate professor at the Politecnico di Milano’s Department of design. She teaches Industrial design at the Bachelor of Science in Product Design and at the Master of Science in Integrated product design. Fostering design as culture, her research interest are relate to the forms of knowledge related to design, the design process, the tools and practice of design and on its transdisciplinary and anticipatory nature.

Luisa Collina

Luisa Collina

Luisa Collina PhD, is full professor, Dean of the Design School of Politecnico di Milano. and president of the International Master degree in Product Service System Design. Since 2013, Prof. Collina serves as President of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. She is currently the Rector Delegate of the Milan Polytechnic for the Expo and the major University events and is an elected member of the Board of Directors. Her main interests concern interior architecture and design with a specific focus on services, strategic design and design driven innovation.

Chiara Colombi

Chiara Colombi

Chiara Colombi is associate professor at the Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Design. She teaches Metadesign at the School of Design’s Bachelor of Science Programme and Product and Collection Development in the Master in Luxury Management at the Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management. Her research interests relate to codifying creation processes and knowledge transfer, fashion trend research and merchandising systems in the fashion sector.

Laura Galluzzo

Laura Galluzzo

Laura Galluzzo, PhD and Research Fellow in the Department of Design at the Politecnico di Milano, she serves as a tutor in workshops, courses and studios at the School of Design and at other schools abroad. Co-founder of MyHoming she is involved in campUS, a social innovation research project conducted by the Department of Design of the Politecnico di Milano that win the 2017 Compasso d’oro prize. Her research focuses on ‘temporary living’ in the contest of mega-events, with applications in the field of interior design and connected services.

Claudia Mastrantoni

Claudia Mastrantoni

Claudia Mastrantoni, Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant Graduated in Interior Design Master course at Politecnico di Milano, School of Design in December 2015. I've always worked for Architecture and Interior design.

Agnese Rebaglio

Agnese Rebaglio

Agnese Rebaglio PhD in Interior Architecture, is a researcher and assistant professor at the Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Design, She is part of the faculty of the Interior Design Undergraduate Programme and co-director of the Master Course in Urban Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano. Her research interests are related to the design of interior and exterior urban spaces, to set up new kind of hospitality in the contemporary city, through temporary, diffused services, new quality for public spaces, innovative models of re-use of disused spaces.

Raffaella Trocchianesi

Raffaella Trocchianesi

Raffaella Trocchianesi is Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Design. She’s part of the Interior Design Programme and Dean of the Master in Exhibition Design. Her research field are connected to the Design for cultural heritage in terms of exhibit development and museography, event design, strategy and communication for enhancing local areas, new technologies and communication registers for narrative and cultural advancement, and to the relation of design with humanities and the arts.

Federica Vacca

Federica Vacca

Federica Vacca is a researcher at the Politecnico di Milano’s Department of Design. She teaches Metadesign at the School of Design’s Bachelor of Science Programme and Product and Collection Development in the Master in Luxury Management at the Politecnico di Milano’s School of Management. Her research interests relate to the enhancement of craftsmanship processes by design and to codifying visual merchandising practices in the fashion sector.

Francesco Zurlo

Francesco Zurlo

Francesco Zurlo is PhD in industrial design, Full Professor, Vice Dean of the School of Design at Politecnico di Milano. He is Scientific Director of the International Master in Strategic Design of Politecnico di Milano and Director of the International Master in Interior Design and Management. He is the scientific coordinator of the CREA Summer Academy project financed by Horizon2020. He is author of numerous international publications about strategic design, design management and design driven innovation.

  1. Course Number

    METADESIGN101
  2. Classes Start

    Sep 24, 2018
  3. Classes End

    Jan 06, 2019
  4. Estimated Effort

    6 hours/week
  5. Language

    English
  6. MOOCs For Bachelor of science
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