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As 3D printing grows, so does need to reclaim plastic waste

Berkeley News — Berkeley students are leading the 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project, working to make 3D printing more sustainable across campus.

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Beyond the Classroom: Spring Student Programs at the Jacobs Institute

In the spring semester, the Jacobs Institute’s student programs will include a range of Design Night workshops, as well as several field trips to sites of design activity in the Bay Area.

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Design Field Notes: Avery Trufelman

99% Invisible producer Avery Trufelman will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series of informal talks.

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Jacobs Design Conversations: Barry Katz

Professor, author, and IDEO fellow Barry Katz will speak at Jacobs Hall.

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Courses: Spring 2017

IB C32 / L&S C30Z: Bioinspired Design

Bioinspired design views the process of how we learn from nature as an innovation strategy, translating principles of function, performance, and aesthetics from biology to human technology. In this course, diverse teams of students will collaborate on, create, and present original bioinspired design projects. Lectures discuss the biomimicry design process from original scientific breakthroughs to entrepreneurial start-ups.

Robert Full | 3 units | Class number: 33127 (IB), 33107 (L&S)

DES INV 190-1 / CS 194-131: Designing Technology to Counter Violent Extremism

Students in this class will design and prototype innovative interventions to tackle the drivers of extremism. The world is facing increasing threats from violent extremists, and the internet has emerged as a key arena in which violent extremists engage with the public. Working directly with the U.S. Department of State and other key government agencies, students will design and prototype ways to counter extremism, including promoting alternative narratives, enhancing social inclusion and civic engagement, identifying early signs of radicalization, countering discrimination, reintegrating former extremists, improving relationships with law enforcement, and building resilient communities. This course involves both a rapid design process to identify new opportunities with stakeholders, as well as a technology component where students will show how interventions would be implemented through working software prototypes.

Bjoern Hartmann & Zvika Krieger | 3 units | 33909 (DES INV), 33957 (CS)

DES INV 190-2 / INFO 190-2: User Experience Design

This studio course introduces students to design thinking and the basic practices of interaction design. Following a human-centered design process that includes research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement, students will work as individuals and in small teams to design mobile information systems and other interactive experiences. Assignments approach design on three levels: specific user interactions, contexts of use, and larger systems. Becoming familiar with design methodologies such as sketching, storyboarding, wire framing, and prototyping, students will learn core skills for understanding the rich contexts of stakeholders and their interactions with technology, for researching competing products and services, for modeling the current and preferred state of the world, and for prototyping and communicating possible solutions. No coding is required.

James Pierce | 3 units | Class number: 33910 (DES INV), 33921 (INFO)

PH 214: Eat. Think. Design.

Eat.Think.Design is a team-oriented, project-based course designed around the case-based and learning-by-doing models. Working with community partners on a public health issue related to food, student teams apply human-centered design skills to the problem, and design a solution with and for their community partner.

Kristine Madsen, Jaspal Sandhu, & Nap Hosang | 3 units | Class number: 32547