Who we are
The Industrial Design program at ASU prepares students for a professional career in product design and development. By developing products that are innovative, useful, safe, aesthetically appropriate, ecologically sound and socially beneficial, the industrial design profession serves the needs of society, consumers, manufacturers, and the environment.
Our program focuses on a new model of transdisciplinary product development called Integrated Innovation. The primary goal of this model is to help students learn how to create products and service systems that: 1) satisfy people’s needs, 2) create measurable value for business, 3) can be realized through appropriate technology and engineering and 4) benefit society while minimizing impacts on the environment. This unique focus has led the program to form strong academic partnerships with visual communication design, and the schools of engineering, business, and sustainability at ASU.
Students graduating with this experience can expect to possess an acute understanding of the potential that industrial design brings to the social, commercial, and environmental challenges facing us in the twenty-first century. We teach both traditional and cutting-edge design skills and knowledge, including a strong visual acumen; technological aptitude; a practical knowledge of manufacturing, sustainability, and ergonomics; critical comprehension of design history; and a clear understanding of how to identify, evaluate, and respond to the physical and psychological needs of users.
What we’re reading
- D-School Futures by Core 77
- The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM’s Design Thinking Practice – IBM
- A proposal for the future of design education – Hugh Dubberly
- CES 2018: A Design Insider’s View – IDSA
- How Design for One Turns Into Design for All – New York Times
- What service design IS, and what it IS NOT – Meld Studio
- Connecting things: Broadening design to include systems, platforms, and product-service ecologies – Hugh Dubberly
- Health Care Providers Can Use Design Thinking to Improve Patient Experiences – Harvard Business Review
- Using Google Clips to understand how a human-centered design process elevates artificial intelligence – Google Design
- Soon we’ll control our devices with our body language, not our voice – QZ
- Bill Buxton (Microsoft) | TNW Conference | Socializing technology for the mobile human – Youtube
- REINVENTING CLASSIC DESIGN FOUNDATION EXERCISES TO INCORPORATE THE EXPLORATION OF BEHAVIOR AND INTERACTION
- Google spent years studying effective teams — and one trait stood out – Business Insider
- How Digital is Redefining the Meaning of “Products – Arindam Bhattacharya