Human-Centered Design

Roxy Allen Kioko

In this hands-on, project-based course, students will master the 4-phase Human-Centered Design (HCD) process to create products, services, campaigns, businesses, and other innovative solutions to real-world challenges across sectors, fields, and industries. Generate revenue, co-create with multiple stakeholders, and design sustainable solutions for your community and workplace through the 4 steps of inspiration, ideation, prototyping, and implementation invented by IDEO and used at Stanford’s

In previous situations, HCD has been applied in a variety of programs, including but not limited to:

  • Developing a text messaging service to help inner-city kids in the U.S. recover from trauma
  • Designing mobile financial products to help victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines
  • Creating a messaging campaign to advocate for parents to get more involved in their child’s brain development across the U.S.
  • Designing a scalable water and hygiene business in Nairobi, Kenya

It has also been used in multiple agricultural solutions, and a prenatal program at a health clinic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo complete with a mapped-out identity and business model co-designed with local women.

Through short lectures and team-based work, participants will design a solution of their choosing that is immediately applicable to their work and interests. Come with a problem in mind or with your curiosity to learn and co-design in a team with your colleagues.

This course is being offered for training and for academic credit. The syllabus details the number of credits hours and associated course requirements.


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