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DESIGN RESEARCH 
METHODS & PRACTICE
MIKI ASO 

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The shift from traditional design to that of designing interconnected experiences asks designers to be able to think critically across mediums and physical locations. In this class students will gain practical experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to uncover people’s emotions, behaviors, and aspirations to inform design decisions that can be applied to all mediums. Students will explore ethnographic approaches, usability and testing, field immersions, secondary and analogous  research, expert consultation, and most importantly how to make sense of data to get to actionable insights that inform design.

Miki Aso is co-founder and CSO of Friends, a collaborative design and innovation company based in Brooklyn, New York. As CSO, she leads the strategy and design research practice for Friends.

Miki works alongside teams and leaders to transform the relationship between companies and people. She is constantly in search of new ways to support partners as they do things they’ve never done before and believes that design is as much facilitation as it is vision.

Her 6 years of experience spans client work from global companies and start-ups to nonprofits and government entities. This past year she’s been thrilled to work alongside healthcare innovators creating and experimenting with the future of health, as well as construction workers to co-design their jobsite experience to be one that nurtures relationships and celebrates progress.

Miki is fascinated by the weird, wild, and beautiful qualities that make us human. She loves the absurd and silly, and is on a mission to design the future we want to live in. 

Give students an understanding of the value and application of design research

• Provide an overview of a people centered design process

• Provide students with a spectrum of research methods and tools through case studies, project work, and in-field practice

• Guide students to develop their own research approach given a specific brief.

• Learn how to synthesize research into actionable insights that can be communicated with ease.

• Apply insights to a lo-fi design output—be it physical, digital, service, system

SKILLS:

- User Centered Design

- Service Design

- Design Research

- Usability Testing

- Concept Development

- Illustration

- Design Strategy

- Ethnography

- Photography


ABOUT MIKI
HARBOUR.SPACE 
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
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DATE: 9 - 27 Apr, 2018

DURATION: 3 Weeks

LECTURES: 3 Hours per day

LANGUAGE: English

LOCATION: Barcelona, Harbour.Space Campus

COURSE TYPE: Offline

HARBOUR.SPACE UNIVERSITY

RESERVE MY SPOT

DATE: 9 - 27 Apr, 2018

DURATION:  3 Weeks

LECTURES: 3 Hours per day

LANGUAGE: English

LOCATION: Barcelona, Harbour.Space Campus

COURSE TYPE: Offline

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COURSE OUTLINE
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Session 1

Intro to Design Research

• Who are you? Who am I?

• What does research mean to you?

• What is research? Why does it matter?

• Goals for the course

• Overview of syllabus

Session 4

Design Research Methods Part 1

• Desk and secondary research

• Competitive analysis

Session 3

Assign Design Brief

• Introduce briefs from friends or external partner. Brief may address innovation, strategy, design

• Form teams for the duration of course

• Review approach to brief

Session 2

Share Friends Projects & External Case Studies

DESIGN RESEARCH 
METHODS & PRACTICE

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The shift from traditional design to that of designing interconnected experiences asks designers to be able to think critically across mediums and physical locations. In this class students will gain practical experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to uncover people’s emotions, behaviors, and aspirations to inform design decisions that can be applied to all mediums. Students will explore ethnographic approaches, usability and testing, field immersions, secondary and analogous  research, expert consultation, and most importantly how to make sense of data to get to actionable insights that inform design.

Session 5

Design Research Methods Part 2

• Field research: observations, interviews, shadowing

• Tools and methods of documentation

• Guest: Leslie Ruckman

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