Currently seeking research participants!
(Professional designers & engineers.)
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How do sustainable design methods drive product innovation?

A self-paced online course will help you find answers for your own practice. Offered as part of a UC Berkeley research project on innovation from green design, the course teaches you a set of four sustainable design methods, all of which have been lauded as improving product innovation. You practice each method on your own designs, on your own time, receiving personalized feedback on your work from the instructor. Normally worth $700, this course will be offered for free in exchange for participation in the research.

The four design methods are:
  • Whole Systems Mapping
  • Biomimicry
  • The Natural Step
  • User-Centered Design
  • Exercises take roughly four hours per design method to complete. The course is intended for product designers, engineers, and design team managers, both in product manufacturing companies and in product design consultancies.

    The instructor is Jeremy Faludi, who has taught sustainable design for eight years at universities such as Stanford and Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Participating in this class means you will be participating in Jeremy Faludi's dissertation research, for his PhD in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. The value to you will be learning these powerful sustainable design methods, practicing them on your own designs, and receiving feedback from a leader in the field.

    See course introduction or email Jeremy for more details.