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Product Design Theory, Research, and Practice

Mission

The Design Lab’s mission is to provide world-class teaching and learning resources for 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. 

How We Began

The Lab was founded in 2014 by Beth Altringer of Harvard SEAS as a hub of teaching and learning for product and service design.

What We Do

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.

Testimonial

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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Current and Past Team

2020 Team

Laurie Delaney, Senior UX Research &  Teaching

Rosa Weinberg, Senior Curriculum Designer

Nick Stager, UX Analytics Research

Bob Pak, UX Analytics Research

Zhixin Lin, Visual Design

Maria Roldan Castro, Visual Design

Jared Myers, UX Research & Teaching

2019 Team

Laurie Delaney, UX Research & Teaching

Ningxin Cheng, Design & Research

Jordan Degraaf, BD Research

David Gomez Gil, Analytics Research & Teaching

Jason Lee, UX Research

Chenlu Wang, UX Research & Design

Vicky Xu, Research

Jazib Zahir, Research

Ailing Zhang, Design & Research

2018 Team

Laurie Delaney, UX Research & Teaching

Brandon Shaik, UX Analytics Research & Teaching

Berto Ceballos, Teaching

Chenlu Wang, UX Research & Design

Chong Hu, UX Design

Ningxin Cheng, UX Research

Vicky Xu, Research

Hanna Kim, Graphic Design

2017 Team

Laurie Delaney, UX Research & Teaching

Genevieve Ennis Hume, Research

Ngoc Doan, Teaching

Santiago Mota, Teaching

Keith Scott, UX Research & Design

Lilian Taylor, UX Research & Teaching

Yaara Yacoby, Research

2016 Team

Lilian Taylor, UX Research & Teaching

Ngoc Doan, Teaching

Neal Adolph Akatsuka, UX Research

Jacques van Rhyn, Event ManagementStu

New Opportunities

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Research Team

Interested in joining our research team? We regularly accept new researchers. These are usually part-time, learning and mentorship-based roles. We currently do not have paid positions. Register your interest in research positions here and we’ll be in touch.

Teaching Team

Interested in joining the teaching staff for the Innovators’ Practice or Design Survivor or Integrated Design? We select teaching fellows 1-2 months before each term. These are part-time roles and only available to Harvard-affiliates. Please fill in this short form to let us know. A month or two before term starts, we will get in touch regarding the selection process.

Funding

The Design Lab’s research on teaching and learning is funded by SEAS and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. In addition to working with industry, we often collaborate with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, the Harvard Innovation Labs, other departments, and other institutions on teaching, immersive field courses, and mentoring.

Remote Teams

Data Science Team

Our data science team works with us on complex R&D projects and focuses on quantitative models, machine learning, and large-scale text analytics.

Full Stack Development Team

Our development team works with us to turn the refined prototypes from our research into products and services that we can use for teaching materials.

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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 past teaching and learning projects.

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