Design Fest 2015: Schedule Announced

April 17, 2015 | 11:09 pm

The schedule has been announced for this year’s Design Fest, an open house event where UC Berkeley students show and tell their current design projects. Design Fest features courses and clubs from a wide range of disciplines, and showcases the diversity and magnitude of design activity happening across campus. See below for a full calendar of events.

This year, we are fortunate to have Don Norman here to kick off Design Fest with a public seminar, The UC San Diego Design Lab: Human-Technology Teamwork. 

Don Norman, professor emeritus and pioneer of human-centered design, likes to explain that he was living happily in Palo Alto, retired, busy, and did not want a job. But Pradeep Khosla, the chancellor at UCSD, came to his home and lured him back by giving him two goals: Be important, be exciting. In this public seminar, he will describe the origins and current status of the newly formed Design Lab with its three main themes: active learning, human-technology teamwork and building the San Diego design community.

The seminar will take place from 12-1pm on Monday, May 4, in Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall.

Design Fest presentations:

Tuesday, April 28th

Intro to Environmental Design

3:30-5pm, Wurster Lobby
Students in ED1 design and execute a model of one of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities in the body of a vintage book.

Graduate Seminar in Visual Studies

1-4pm, 170 Wurster Hall
Projects based on word-image relationships, with an emphasis on developing each student’s creative ability.

Thursday, April 30th

Songs & Places: Mexico

6-9pm, 170 Wurster Hall
Projects, readings and discussion of the popular song tradition in Mexico with an eye to Mexican culture in general.

Tuesday, May 5th

Software Engineering

9am-12pm, Moore Lobby, Hearst Mining Building
CS169 students will showcase real prototypes they have built for nonprofits, NGOs, and campus units, demonstrating their ability to apply modern agile software engineering techniques while working with real (mostly nontechnical) customers to help them address authentic business needs.

CITRIS Mobile App Challenge

1-4pm, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
A semester-long competition for the best mobile apps that address identified needs in Civic Tech & Smart Communities; Education; Energy, Climate & Environment; and Health.

Wednesday, May 6th


4:30pm, Haas Pavilion Clubroom
Innovation Feast is the project showcase for Eat.Think.Design. – 25 UC Berkeley students from 15 graduate programs in nine teams innovate to address big challenges in food systems. Requires advance registration.

Interactive Seating Design Competition

2pm, Blum Hall B110
Student innovators from a wide variety of majors work in teams to tackle the challenge of building smart seating.


1-7pm, 108 Wurster Hall
The HERE THERE studio explores materials and delivery methods for public infrastructure. Students have made full-scale prototypes for novel solar street lighting, vaccine carriers and portable dispensary kits.

Game Design Methods Showcase & Arcade

12 – 5 pm, 285 Kroeber Hall
Showcase and arcade of student-created games displaying theoretical and practical aspects of what students have learned, in implementing their own game ideas for other people to perform.

M.Eng. Capstone Showcase

3-7:30pm, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall
Final presentations for the M.Eng. class of 2015’s capstone projects. Five parallel sessions feature projects in Controls & Robotics, Product Design, Bioengineering, Data Science, Energy, Visual Computing, Embedded Systems and Integrated Circuits.

Student Club Design Showcase

6:30-8pm, Moore Lobby & 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Features a variety of students design projects coming from Berkeley Innovation, Design-Engineering Collaborative, Design for America and more!

Thursday, May 7th

Introduction to Product Development

11am-2pm, 124 Memorial Stadium: the I-Lab
This course provides hands-on and real-world experience in the development of innovative and realistic customer-driven products: physical, experiences, websites, software or business models.

User Interface Design

11am-2pm, Moore Lobby & 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building
CS160 students design, prototype and evaluate a user interface. This semester’s project theme is companion apps – mobile apps used to interact with and configure consumer electronics and IoT devices.

Critical Making

2:30-4pm, Moore Lobby, Hearst Memorial Mining Building
Critical Making students will showcase hands-on examples of “new wearable” interactive technologies along with videos and images from past course projects.

Industrial Design & Human Factors

4:30 – 5:30 pm, Moore Lobby, Hearst Memorial Mining Building
The Spring 2015 Team Design Project was to design an educational toy or game for children 5-7 years old. They also will be holding presentations on Wednesday, May 6th 5 – 8pm in 3106 Etcheverry.


Friday, May 8th

The Data Made Me Do It

11am-6pm, 104 & 108 Wurster Hall
This year’s Studio One, The Data Made Me Do It, concerns the dynamic between new and ever more sophisticated technologies of design and corresponding shifts in the models of authorship and domains of practice navigated by architects.

Friday, May 15th

Design for Sustainable Communities

7-9pm, Blum Hall B100
Design for Sustainable Communities gives graduate students hands-on experience in the design and implementation of projects meant to improve the sustainability of lower-income communities both in the United States and abroad.

Download the full Design Fest calendar(PDF)