Although there's no proof Henry Ford said, "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses,” his alleged quip embodies the need for design thinking. Sometimes people can verbalize a need. "I want a bigger tv screen." "I wish this cell phone case came in blue." Those are product enhancements. "I wish I had a wine glass holder that hung around my neck." "I wish I had a mop that I could attach to my baby." Those are Sky Mall products. But the most revolutionary innovations are ones people may not have been able to identify. They come about only by understanding the user and employing creativity and a deep understanding of the context to arrive at innovative solutions, and then iterating on those solutions to find and perfect the best one. Innovations big and small can benefit from a design thinking mindset – of approaching a problem from an informed position while keeping the user in the forefront. This course offers the chance to learn Design Thinking - a human-centered, prototype driven process for solving problems and discovering new opportunities. We will be biased toward action and learn by doing. Participants will work in small, multi-disciplinary teams and dive into a hands-on innovation challenge from start to finish.
Whether we eat out or in, the community lunch is a great way to catch up with your friends or to meet new ones.
HTML and CSS are only part of the picture. The modern front-end developer will also need to be versed in version control, task automators, preprocessors, frameworks, the command line, and more. While expanding students’ basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, we’ll delve into best practices, explore responsive design techniques, and establish the foundation shared by the most sought after front-end developers. This class is not merely a series of lectures. You’ll be collaborating with others and reviewing code guided by an experienced local front-end developer.