The objective of this course is to develop an understanding for the requirements that go into the design of a highly complex yet easy-to-use product, i.e. the automobile. Students will learn about very different interdisciplinary aspects that characterize the automobile and personal mobility. This is the third part of a 3-quarter seminar series, which build on one another but can be taken independently. This quarter, students will learn from 9 different founders / C-level executives about how they built their mobility startup to change the world of transportation. Founders from Tesla,... Read More
How might we judge the importance of an object? This immersive design seminar is designed for you to learn how to judge the import and impact of a historical object. Students will explore context, design and impact to develop criteria and discuss their findings to arrive at a common outcome.
Our test case for this is the automobile but the underlying thinking is designed to be transferable across the disciplines. Having a working mechanism for judging importance -- drawing from exposure to experts from archeology, psychology, history, engineering and... Read More
Investigating the relationship with cars through the application of research and with a generative storytelling focus will provide inspiration for designing a new automotive experience. This course will use ethnographic research, interviews, and a variety of narrative methods including verbal, non-verbal, cinema, and sound, and short collaborative projects to inform the creation of a physical prototype for a new car experience and the story around it. Restricted to co-term and graduate students. Class Size limited to 18. Teaching Team: B. Karanian. More info here.
(This class is supported in part by the Revs Program at Stanford)
Humanize My Ride is vehicle design for the extreme user. We will explore the relationship between specialized vehicles and their user¿s needs to inform a deep dive into designing and prototyping a unique purpose modified ride for a new type of user. Utilizing the designing thinking approach and emerging technology such as Google GLASS, student teams will interview drivers and users of specific purpose cars and trucks and then choose a new user to design and build for. Teams will work collectively on different... Read More
(Note: this class is supported by the Precourt Institute for Energy and is highly recommended by us at the Revs Program)
Research seminar. Evaluation of the technologies and business model innovations that are transforming our transportation system. Study of existing examples like Tesla, Uber, Lyft, Rideshare, ZipCar, the Google self-driving car, Urban Engines. Identification of additional technologies, business model changes, and economic productivity opportunities to reduce fuel/energy use, increase asset utilization, reduce congestion and accidents. Part of a year long sequence... Read More