Albania 2020

May 22, 2020 – May 31, 2020

Polis University, Tirana. Albania

Workshop Project

Project Description

The project will focus on product design elements that are used in our architectural environment. Students will analyze these elements, observe the function and document the user experience to determine the key pain points. With the information abstracted from the research, students will design a new product that answers the key pain points. Students expected to visualize their concepts in 2D and 3D drawings and build a functional model using the manufacturing capabilities of make-lab.

Learning Objectives

  • Ability to research, define, and communicate about problems, variables, and requirements; conceptualize and evaluate alternatives; and test and refine solutions, including the ability to synthesize user needs in terms of value, aesthetics, and safety.
  • Ability to design products and systems including, but not limited to a foundational understanding of how products and systems are made; what makes them valuable; how they are developed, realized, and distributed; and how they are related to environmental and societal issues and responsible design.
  • Fundamental knowledge of user experience, human factors, applied ergonomics, contextual inquiry, user preference studies, and usability assessments.
  • Ability to use technologies and tools associated with multi-dimensional design representation, development, dissemination, and application.
  • Ability to communicate concepts and specifications in verbal, written, and multiple media at levels ranging from abstraction and sketches, to detailed multi-dimensional, functional, and visual representations.
  • Acquisition of collaborative skills and the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams.