L09 (Feb 23): Guest Lecture by Tim Prestero, CEO of Design That Matters and Kris Carter from the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

For your final project, you can build yet another app that makes ordering cat food a little easier or you can go after a problem that actually matters. Today’s guests will tell stories of tough, but very rewarding design problems, from two very different worlds.

Design That Matters is a design studio in Salem, MA that works on robust and affordable medical devices for the developing regions. Their work beautifully exemplifies the design process we aspire to: they gain deep insight into their customers’ actual needs and iteratively develop solutions that work. Tim will share stories of some of their projects. He will also pitch a design problem that he is willing to collaborate with one of the CS 179 teams on for your final project.

Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics is a city agency that was formed in 2010. It pilots experiments that offer the potential to significantly improve the quality of City services. Boston’s MONUM focuses on four major issue areas: Education, Engagement, the Streetscape, and Economic Development.

 

Required readings (post your written response before class):

  • No Laptop Left Behind. Chapter 1 of Kentaro Toyama’s “Greek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology”

Optional readings:

  • The Law of Amplification. Chapter 2 of Kentaro Toyama’s “Greek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology”

About the author: Krzysztof Gajos

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