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The Design Lab is the home of supplemental course content for remote learning.

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Design Theory, Research & Practice

Mission

The Design Lab’s mission is to make Harvard University a world leader in product design and human-product interaction theory, research, and practice.

Philosophy

The Lab helps creators develop more desirable and diverse products and services based on research. Our definition of ‘Desirable Designs’ are those that:

  1. Reduce stress and/or add delight to people’s lives.
  2. Are developed based on quality design and UX research.
  3. Feel natural for user behavior.
  4. Are as inclusive as possible.
  5. Account for complex attitudes and behaviors. For example, a person who cares about the environment can demonstrate contradictory behaviors by recycling (+), eating a lot of meat (-), and flying frequently (-).

Methodology

We run studies to improve research, practice, and curriculum for design and engineering. Our team is methods-agnostic. Methods from human-centered design, lean startup, user experience (UX), behavioral economics, and the methods we develop at the lab all have strengths and weaknesses; we adjust our methodology based on the design problem goals and constraints. 

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About Us

The Design Lab was founded in 2014 by Dr. Beth Altringer of Harvard’s Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Training

Teaching and learning product, UX, and service design

Industry Collaboration

Industry case studies and collaborations. Contact ba[at]seas.harvard.edu with inquiries.

Job Board

Connecting students, researchers, professionals around exciting opportunities. Link in footer.

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What Our Pilot Professors Have to Say

Help students apply what they learn from you through engaging real-world projects and stories, and test their knowledge with tailor-made quizzes.

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Choose What to Sample

From great stories about psychological concepts, to building websites to analyzing data, find ‘samples’ to nest inside your courses to increase student learning and engagement.

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Learn By Doing

No matter their experience level, give your students opportunities to apply important concepts at home in more exciting ways that through lectures on Zoom.

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Test Their Learning

Find easy ways for students to turn what they learn into creative projects that show off their command of learning objectives.

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Engage at Home and On-Campus

Nesting great modules in your remote teaching makes it easier to focus on what matters most – the individual learning needs of all your students, whether on campus or at home.

Not Sure Where to Begin? No Need to Worry, We’ll Help You.

Check our our FAQ for how to work with nesting modules.

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Lab Projects

Learn about teaching and learning projects.

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This section is for students enrolled in the Fall 2020 ES285 course at Harvard University