A hub for all things design

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation


a space where design conversations, classes and clubs collide.


in one of our walk-in spaces with all the tools you need to tinker.


design by doing design. Take a class, join a team, find a project.

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Introducing Jacobs Design Conversations

As it launches Jacobs Design Conversations, a series that will bring design leaders to campus for dialogue on a broad spectrum of innovations and ideas, the Jacobs Institute welcomes two speakers for fall 2015.

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Jacobs Design Conversations: Bernie Roth

Bernie Roth, Rodney H. Adams Professor of Engineering at Stanford University and Academic Director of Stanford's d.school, will lead a session on “Using Design Thinking at Home and at Work" in Jacobs Hall.

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Grand opening for Jacobs Hall, the new hub for all things design

Berkeley News - With the ritual gold and blue balloons and ribbon-cutting, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering threw open the doors of Jacobs Hall on Thursday, August 20.

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Jacobs Design Conversations: Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA, will speak on "Design and Storytelling."

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Courses: Fall 2015

BioE 192: Senior Design Projects

This semester-long course introduces students to bioengineering project-based learning in small teams, with a strong emphasis on need-based solutions for real medical and research problems through prototype solution selection, design and testing.

Hayley Lam, W 1-5pm

CEE 186: Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

Design and prototype of large-scale technology intensive systems. Design project incorporating infrastructure systems and areas such as transportation and hydrology; for example, watershed sensor networks, robot networks for environmental management, mobile Internet monitoring, open societal scale systems, crowd-sources applications, traffic management.

Scott Moura, MW 2-4pm

NWMEDIA 190-1: Critical Practices: people places participation

A hands-on, studio design course where students work at the intersection of technological innovation and socially engaged art. Students integrate digital fabrication tools with social design methods to create work that engages in cultural critique. Working with innovative technologies and radical, new art practices, this course explores hybrid art forms, critical design for community engagement, interventions in public spaces, tactical media and disobedient objects. 

Eric Paulos and Jill Miller, MW 10am-12pm

CS 294/ME 290: Interactive Device Design

This course teaches concepts and skills required to design, prototype and fabricate interactive devices — physical objects that intelligently respond to user input and enable new types of interactions. Half of the semester will be dedicated to a survey of relevant techniques; in the remaining weeks, students will propose and carry out a significant design project in groups.

Paul Wright, Björn Hartmann, MW 10:30am-12pm