Design for Social Innovation – US Version/ NCState

December 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm 2 comments

“Design for Social Innovation” in its American version will be launched in January 2010. It will be an interdisciplinary Studio that seeks to tackle social problems based on design research methods. These methods are derived from the Social Sciences, specifically from applied anthropology. Graphic design techniques will be used to visualize and analyze the data collected in the field. Interaction design methods and approaches will be used to articulate the data with meaningful solutions. Product design skills will derive in the production of iterative prototypes that solve an innovative opportunity detected.

How design can approach community problems and to collaborate with people and stakeholders under the conception of a participative stance; is one of our main focuses. The course will imply the collaboration within different professionals coming from Industrial and Graphic Design, Architecture and Landscape architecture (Masters and seniors). It will also partner with real counterparts, looking for the viability of the projects. “Develop Design, Design to Develop” (Latin American Design Foundation 2005). Methods will help us to deliver, tested and more pertinent solutions to help everyday people, with everyday problems.

NC State College of Design/ Design for Social Innovation
Prof: Constanza Miranda-Mendoza (Strategy designer Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile/ PhD Student NCState)


Entry filed under: US Version Design for Social Innovation.

2009 Complete video from the TV broadcast – Video completo 0.0 First meeting with the community-Studio Kickoff

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debashis Brahma  |  December 19, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Great to know , if you can clarify little more in details.
    Good Luck
    With Warm Regards
    Deb from India.

  • 2. constanzamiranda  |  January 12, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Thank you Deb! Please see the site as we will be posting all of our steps and ways to collaborate!


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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
* Currently @ DILAB
* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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