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DesignX - TechX Design Track

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Our Mission
Education for the Future Designers

From the birth of the human beings, our wisdom and uniqueness cannot be dissociated from design. Because we have learned ways to design, we could survive from being hunted by giant ancient beast; because we have obtained methods to design, we can shelter ourself by building towering skyscrappers; because we have learned ways to design, we can liberate ourselves from boredom; because we professed design, we become the "us" today.

Standing at the technical singularity and heading to the odyssey of the furture, we are facing numerous research topics that are unseen in human history. Under such complex environment, design serves as a light, leading us to the right path. Architecture, which combines the beauty of arts and engineering; Industrial Design, which locates at the origin of every object's design; creative coding, which benefits from the cutting-edge computer science to create art; human computer interaction, which investigates the potential of interaction; all subjects empower us to design objects in the new era.


The organization team of TechX comes from world-known universities, including MIT, NYU, Parsons, Royal Academy of Arts, etc. Under TechX's original project-based curriculum, we redesigned the course strucure to focus on fitting individual subject characteristic into group work, as well as adding critique reviews, student exhibit and other sessions that provide students with the realest studio culture in design subjects.

Courses

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Intro to Architecture

Intro to Architecture

When you are wandering on the streets, or looking out from the top of the towering skyscrapers, have you ever wonder what are they made of? What informs these design products of form and function? What or who constructed these miraculous grandeur in human history?

As an irreplaceable aspect of our lives, Architecture not only provides spaces for humans to study, work, live, and play, but also, to a certain degree, symbolized our lives. An Architecture is an elegant container that encompasses all of our emotions and history. It is in the Architecture, we laugh, we cry, we fall in love, and we experience the sorrow.

As one of the first study subject in human history, Architecture is the intersection between design studies, arts, engineering, and so much more. Through numerous iteration, architectures creates the beautiful and functional spaces for humans.

Architecture runs in our blood throughout the human evolution. Starting from the earliest time, the design of the simplest wood shaft originated out of human instinct of survival. The industrial revolution 200 years ago introduced us metal and steel, allowing us to challenge the height of the skyscrapers. A hundred years ago, architects put their dreams and desires into their blueprints of future utopia. Nowadays, with the emergence of parametric design, artificial intelligence, and new building technology, we are able to unleash our imagination further. Now, we think about inhabiting on the Mars.

As an introduction to Architecture, this course will take you onto the journey of architecture design, and take you to trace the origin, and design the current, and imagine the future.

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    Courses Content: Space Concepts、Abstract Model、Graphic Design、3D Modeling、Manufacturing...
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    Prerequisites: None
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    Languages: Undecided
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    Director of Academic Leads: Catherine Yang - MIT Architecture Major、TechX 2018 AL
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Creative Coding

Creative Coding

What can computation add to human communication? Creating computer applications, instead of just using them, will give you a deeper understanding of the essential possibilities of computation. The course focuses on the fundamentals of programming the computer (variables, conditionals, iteration, functions, and objects) and then touches on some more advanced techniques such as image processing, computer vision, data parsing and 3D graphics. The Java-based 'Processing' programming environment is the primary vehicle for the class. The class will assume no programming experience at all. The end of the semester is spent developing an idea for a final project and implementing it using computer programming.)

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    Courses Content: P5.js, Arduino, Processing
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    Prerequisites: None
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    Languages: English
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    Director of Academic Leads: Caren Ye - NYU Master Degree
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Industrial Design

Industrial Design

Have you ever dive into the form of the daily objects and their values? Everything surrounding human beings is the end products of design.

Design is a process involving open-ended thinking and precise planning. It is a process where dreams become reality, where the unknown evolves to the furture, the gap is filled to emerge a bridge. It includes engineering, computer science, graphic design, sociology, psychology, and many other elements; it brings all subjects back to the origin of human culture, creating functional and efficient products. What is different from traditional design is that, industrial design takes fabrication and sales into consideration, adapting itself to mass production at high efficiency, in order to satisfy the demand of the society.

TechX brings a brand new perspective to the Industrial Design curriculum, guiding stuents to become creative designers in the near futre. Students will have the opportunity to learn and apply design thinking, making physical models, finding problems in real life, and finding solutions with critical thinking.

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    Courses Content: Industrial Design Theory,Cog Science,Modern Design History,Programming Bascis,Modeling,Visualization Softwares,EE, Laser Cutting,3D Printing...
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    Prerequisites: None
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    Languages: Undecided
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    Director of Academic Leads: Emily Liu - MIT Architecture Major
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Human-Computer Interaction

Human-Computer Interaction

The interaction between humans and machines is never as important as of today. Since the birth of the computer systems, the scientists have been devoting their lives looking for ways to communicate with the metal box.

From the punched cards, command lines, graphical user interface, mouse & keyboard, and other interaction methods, we have now entered an extremely mobile and interactive era, signified by the emergence and prevalence of touch screens. As we break through the technological thresholds in speech interaction, somatosensory interaction, and even brain–computer interface, every field, including phones, cars, games and VR, is looking to create a more positive (or active) interaction between humans and machines, for the higher efficiency of the information exchange.

In TechX HCI, we will bridge the theoretical basis in the interdisciplinary subjects with project implementation, introducing the students to the world of interface design, user experience design, creative computation and digital fabrication, as well as training their design thinking.

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    Courses Content: UI Design、UX、User Research、Smart Device、Design Thinking、Drawing、Usiablity Test、Prototyping、Arduino etc.
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    Prerequisites: None
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    Languages: Undecided
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    Director of Academic Leads: Zion Wu - UNC CS and Theater Major

DesignX Mentors

Alexis Hope
Researcher at MIT Media Lab Civic Media Center MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence Award National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Sands Fish II
Data Visualization Fellow at Harvard's
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Researcher at MIT Medial Lab Civic Media Center Senior Data Scientist at the MIT Libraries
Julie Legault
Researcher and Designer at MIT Medial Lab Founder & CEO, Amino Labs Her works were exhibited and published globally
by Wired Magazine and MoMA
Dongyuan Li
MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering
at the RCA and Imperial College London
Winner of 2018 Helen Hamlyn Design Awards Founder and CEO of Haptic Illusion

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Coures Mode

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Major Course

Major Course: Students have the opportunity to pick a subject to focus in-depth on for 12 days. The materials covered would vary from basic foundations to advanced theories and seminars.

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Experimental Course

Courses focused on implementations of theories, biology experiments, and Capstone Projects will complement the chosen major course.

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X-Seminar

By diving into descriptions of diseases in 20th-century western literature, students analyze the influence of biology through societal and historical lenses. By implementing the Harkness method, students will discuss the moral implications of future biotech developments (e.g., cloning and stem cell treatment).

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