Center for Socially Engaged Design

Effective Design Project Meetings

Efficient meetings are an essential component to successful teams of any form, particularly design teams. However, team members often do not know or understand the purpose of a given meeting, why the meeting length is set at the time it is, or even their purpose in attending the meeting. Learning how to facilitate effective meetings can ensure efficient progress on project goals.

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks can help prepare you to run a variety of different types of meetings. Define meeting objectives, create a meaningful agenda, and evaluate goals after taking this block. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops. C-SED has meeting spaces that can be reserved for team meetings or drop into our lounge space to work! Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Block: Effective Technical Design Project Meetings

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User Requirements & Engineering Specifications

Good user requirements are one of the key factors that lead to a successful design. User requirements capture the stakeholders’ needs, desires, and expectations for a product and are the basis for developing engineering specifications–the statements upon which designs are verified against.

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks can help prepare your team to elicit user requirements and transform them into useful engineering specifications to guide your design. In order to get a brief introduction to these ideas, the SEDA shorts may also be effective. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops. Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Block: User Requirements and Engineering Specifications

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Idea Generation

After selecting a need or problem to focus on, it is time to figure out how to address it. Rather than jumping to the first idea, or getting stuck on a single idea, the design team should spend time generating many potential ideas, exploring a wide variety of ideas, and limiting evaluating during this idea generation phase.

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks can help your team approach solutions using a variety of techniques, anticipate common challenges, and create a variety of ideas in this key phase. In order to get a brief introduction to these ideas, the SEDA shorts may also be effective. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops to help you generate ideas more effectively. Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Blocks: Idea Generation

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Concept Development and Selection

After generating a range of creative and innovative ideas, you’ll need to iterate on those ideas and learn how to be effective in the iteration process. Explore concepts with promise in greater depth and organize these concepts for effective forward progress. Next, narrow down your concepts into a more manageable set of potential solutions to evaluate and determine a final concept using quantitative and qualitative decision-making tools.

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks can enable you to intelligently iterate and expand on key ideas and types of solutions generated in the idea generation process. Also learn to develop filters, such as the Pugh Method, to evaluate and downselect those concepts rigorously. In order to get a brief introduction to these ideas, the SEDA shorts may also be effective. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops on concept development and selection. Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Block: Concept Development

SEDA Block: Concept Selection

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Prototyping

A common misconception of the design process often leads designers to prototyping only after they finalized user requirements and developed concepts. However, prototyping can be used as  a creative, problem-solving technique that not only helps you test out concepts, but generate, develop, and select them.

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks can enable you to use prototyping creatively throughout the design process and prepare you for thoughtful utilization of prototypes to inform design decisions. In order to get a brief introduction to these ideas, the SEDA shorts may also be effective. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops on prototyping and your particular prototypes. Finally, our prototyping lab space has soft materials for mock-up creation, power tools, and 3D printing capacity along with our helpful student staff members! Follow the links below to all these resources!

SEDA Block: Prototyping

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Planning for Manufacturing and Implementation

Some design projects are intended for use with a single user or user group, while others are implemented across entire communities or regions. Manufacturing and implementing your designs can be highly complex and there is no one path forward. However, C-SED has experts that can help you navigate this difficult terrain. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops on the path forward for implementation through a wide variety of mechanisms. Follow the links below to all these resources!

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