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Let’s Design Board Games! — Explore a playful way to tackle social and cultural issues

Workshop Flyer

Hello, game designers! Welcome to this two-week long, 5-session board game design workshop. Board game design is an inclusive art method, creating a relatively free and safe space for all ideologies and opinions. We believe in the board game’s power to deliver touched narratives, make unapproachable themes accessible, and build intimacy in social relationships. In this workshop, we will focus on the board game’s overlooked educational and intellectual aspects that could serve as a tool to tackle social and cultural issues in daily life. There’s no prerequisite for the workshop, and we welcome all from the MIT community regardless of background, age, and experience.

During class, we will play, discuss, demonstrate, design, and play-test board games. Through a mixture of learning methods, you will understand how board game design can help raise awareness, propose interventions, and resist existing problems in a playful tone, and gain knowledge that allows you to evaluate and analyze any board games in the future. Most importantly, this workshop will help you start designing and developing your board game prototype. You can bring any topics, themes, or questions you might have been thinking about into this course and explore them within the framework of gameplay design. You are encouraged to work in a group of two for the final deliverables.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  1. Utilize the four elements of game design (aesthetic, story, mechanics, and technology) as a tool kit to assess any kind of board game and set goals for your design.
  2. Gain familiarity with board game mechanics, and be able to identify fair and balanced gameplay strategies for your board game.
  3. Articulate a main theme and a preliminary storyline of your board game and how they support the game in tackling social and cultural issues.
  4. Deliver a playable game prototype

- Click here to register

Funded by the Council for the Arts at MIT and the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund

Summer
2023
N/A
Schedule
Sect. 1: June 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 23 — 9:30 am -12:30 pm
Sect. 2: June 12, 14, 16, 20, 22, 23 — 1-4 pm
Location
TBA
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
11.S940

Joy & Grief Workshop

How do we design places that reflect and elicit joy? How about places that allow us to acknowledge or express grief? We will examine the role of care in architecture and design and how it finds expression through joy and grief as expressed by interventions in public space. We will look at memorials, playgrounds, parks, promenades, and a variety of places of gathering and solitude. Students will be invited to engage with essayists, poets, artists, psychologists, and musicians—some of whom will be guests—along with urban planners and architects; expect to read Zadie Smith, Carolina Miranda, Alexandra Lange, Layli Long Soldier, Edwidge Danticat, and Rita Dove, and to look at the work of Roy DeCarava, Tyler Mitchell, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Felandus Thames, David Adjaye, Rachel Whiterhead, Tadao Ando, Kara Walker, and others. Students will be invited to design a public space that invites joy and (or?) another that wrestles with grief. (No prior design experience necessary).

Garnette Cadogan
Spring
2022
3-0-9
G
Schedule
W 9-12
Location
9-450Ai
Prerequisites
Application Letter Required: Submit a letter of no more than 500wds that explains your interest in the course and give an example of a design or artwork that invites joy and of another that helps people confront grief. Permission of Instructor.
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.021

Design Studio: How to Design

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
None
Required Of
BSA, BSAD and Architecture Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, Arch minor; 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.021

Design Studio: How to Design

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
None
Required Of
BSA, BSAD and Architecture Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, Arch minor; 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.021

Design Studio: How to Design

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Fall
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
None
Required Of
BSA, BSAD and Architecture Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, Arch minor; 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.021

Design Studio: How to Design

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Spring
2024
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
7-434 studio
Prerequisites
None
Required Of
BSA, BSAD and Architecture Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors and minors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies: Thinking through Making

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Spring
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies: Thinking through Making

Cancelled

Canceled for Fall 2023.  Two sections will be offered in Spring 2024.

Fall
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Spring
2024
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
7-434 studio
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.022

Design Studio: Introduction to Design Techniques and Technologies: Thinking through Making

Introduces the tools, techniques and technologies of design across a range of projects in a studio environment. Explores concepts related to form, function, materials, tools, and physical environments through project-based exercises. Develops familiarity with design process, critical observation, and the translation of design concepts into digital and physical reality. Utilizing traditional and contemporary techniques and tools, faculty across various design disciplines expose students to a unique cross-section of inquiry.

Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
MW 2-5
Location
studio 7-434
Prerequisites
4.021 or 4.02A
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 and 4B majors; Design/Arch minors; and 1st- and 2nd-year students
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.023

Architecture Design Studio I

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development within design constraints including architectural program and site. Students engage the design process through various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. Working directly with representational and model making techniques, students gain experience in the conceptual, formal, spatial and material aspects of architecture. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided.

Cherie Abbanat
Fall
2022
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio 7-434
Prerequisites
4.022
Required Of
BSA
Restricted Elective
Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors and minors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.023

Architecture Design Studio I

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development within design constraints including architectural program and site. Students engage the design process through various 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. Working directly with representational and model making techniques, students gain experience in the conceptual, formal, spatial and material aspects of architecture. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication provided.

Fall
2023
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio 7-434
Prerequisites
4.022
Required Of
BSA
Restricted Elective
Architecture Minor
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors and minors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.024

Architecture Design Studio II

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development with an emphasis on social, cultural, or civic programs. Builds on foundational design skills with more complex constraints and contexts. Integrates aspects of architectural theory, building technology, and computation into the design process. 

Spring
2023
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio
Prerequisites
4.023, 4.500, 4.401
Required Of
BSA
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.024

Architecture Design Studio II

Provides instruction in architectural design and project development with an emphasis on social, cultural, or civic programs. Builds on foundational design skills with more complex constraints and contexts. Integrates aspects of architectural theory, building technology, and computation into the design process. 

Spring
2024
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio 7-403
Prerequisites
4.023, 4.500, 4.401
Required Of
BSA
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.025

Architecture Design Studio III

Provides instruction in more advanced architectural design projects. Students develop integrated design skills as they negotiate the complex issues of program, site, and form in a specific cultural context. Focuses on how architectural concepts and ideas translate into built environments that transform the public sphere. Studio designed to prepare students for graduate studies in the field.

Fall
2023
0-12-12
U
Schedule
TRF 1-5
Location
studio 7-434
Prerequisites
4.024 and 4.440
Required Of
BSA
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.025

Architecture Design Studio III

Cancelled

Class canceled for Fall 2022.

Fall
2022
0-12-12
U
Prerequisites
4.024, 4.440
Required Of
BSA
Preference Given To
Course 4 majors
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.02A

Design Studio: How to Design Intensive

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Sam Sheffer
IAP
2024
2-5-2
U
Schedule
TBA
Location
studio
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, A Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, A Minor, D Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.02A

Design Studio: How to Design Intensive

Introduces fundamental design principles as a way to demystify design and provide a basic introduction to all aspects of the process. Stimulates creativity, abstract thinking, representation, iteration, and design development. Equips students with skills to have more effective communication with designers, and develops their ability to apply the foundations of design to any discipline.

Note: Class ends at 4 pm on Fridays.

IAP
2023
2-5-2
U
Schedule
LEC: MWF 9:30-11:30
REC 1: MTWR 12-5
Location
All meetings in N52-342C
Required Of
BSA, BSAD, A Minor
HASS
A
Preference Given To
BSA, BSAD, A Minor, D Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.031

Design Studio: Objects and Interaction

Overview of design as the giving of form, order, and interactivity to the objects that define our daily life. Follows the path from project to interactive product. Covers the overall design process, preparing students for work in a hands-on studio learning environment. Emphasizes design development and constraints. Topics include the analysis of objects; interaction design and user experience; design methodologies, current dialogues in design; economies of scale vs. means; and the role of technology in design. Provides a foundation in prototyping skills such as carpentry, casting, digital fabrication, electronics, and coding.

Fall
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
T 7-9
R 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
4.022
Required Of
BSAD
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.031

Design Studio: Objects and Interaction

Overview of design as the giving of form, order, and interactivity to the objects that define our daily life. Follows the path from project to interactive product. Covers the overall design process, preparing students for work in a hands-on studio learning environment. Emphasizes design development and constraints. Topics include the analysis of objects; interaction design and user experience; design methodologies, current dialogues in design; economies of scale vs. means; and the role of technology in design. Provides a foundation in prototyping skills such as carpentry, casting, digital fabrication, electronics, and coding.

Fall
2023
3-3-6
U
Schedule
Lecture: T 7-9
Lab: R 2-5
Location
N52-337
Prerequisites
4.022 or permission of instructor
Required Of
BSAD
Restricted Elective
BSAD, Design minor
Preference Given To
BSAD, Design minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.032
4.033

Design Studio: Information and Visualization

UG: 4.032, G: 4.033

Provides an introduction to working with information, data and visualization in a hands-on studio learning environment. Studies the history and theory of information, followed by a series of projects in which students apply the ideas directly. Progresses though basic data analysis, visual design and presentation, and more sophisticated interaction techniques. Topics include storytelling and narrative, choosing representations, understanding audiences, and the role of designers working with data. 

Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments. 

Spring
2024
3-3-6
U
2-4-6
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N52-337
Prerequisites
4.033: permission of instructor
Required Of
BSA, Design Minor
Restricted Elective
Design Minor
Preference Given To
BSA
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
4.032
4.033

Design Studio: Information and Visualization

UG: 4.032, G: 4.033

Subject 4.033 is a pre-approved Computation elective for Spring 2023.

Provides an introduction to working with information, data and visualization in a hands-on studio learning environment. Studies the history and theory of information, followed by a series of projects in which students apply the ideas directly. Progresses though basic data analysis, visual design and presentation, and more sophisticated interaction techniques. Topics include storytelling and narrative, choosing representations, understanding audiences, and the role of designers working with data. 

Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments.

Spring
2023
3-3-6
U
2-4-6
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N52-337
Prerequisites
4.032: 4.022 or permission of instructor; 4.033: permission of instructor
Required Of
BSA, Design Minor
Restricted Elective
Design Minor
Preference Given To
BSA
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.032
4.033

Design Studio: Information and Visualization

Provides an introduction to working with information, data and visualization in a hands-on studio learning environment. Studies the history and theory of information, followed by a series of projects in which students apply the ideas directly. Progresses though basic data analysis, visual design and presentation, and more sophisticated interaction techniques. Topics include storytelling and narrative, choosing representations, understanding audiences, and the role of designers working with data. 

Graduate students are expected to complete additional assignments.

Spring
2022
3-3-6
U
2-4-6
G
Schedule
WF 9:30-11
Location
N52-337
Required Of
BSA, Design Minor
Preference Given To
BSA, Design Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads
4.041

Design Studio: Advanced Product Design

Focuses on producing a small series of manufactured products. Students develop products that address specific user needs, propose novel design concepts, iteratively prototype, test functionality, and ultimately exhibit their work in a retail context. Stemming from new research and technological developments around MIT, students try to imagine the future products that emerge from new materials and machine intelligence. Provides an in-depth exploration of the design and manufacturing of products, through narrative, form, function, fabrication, and their relationship to customers. 

Spring
2022
3-3-6
U
Schedule
TR 2-5
Location
N52-342C
Prerequisites
4.031 or permission of instructor
Required Of
Design Minor
Restricted Elective
BSAD
Preference Given To
Course 4B Majors, Design Minor
Can Be Repeated for Credit
No
Document Uploads