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Powering cars with coffee

Powering cars with coffee Copyrighted image Credit: Paseven | Dreamstime.com
Updated 03 Apr 2014
After you've perked yourself up, could your coffee grounds power your car as well?

If we’d used the cloud, we might know where MH370 is now

If we’d used the cloud, we might know where MH370 is now Creative commons image Credit: Pechristener, via WikiCommons, using OpenStreetMap, under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 19 Mar 2014
At present, the fate of Malaysian airlines flight MH370 is unknown, and the search for something the size of a Jumbo Jet is proving a challenge....

Why wearable tech is more than just Google Glass

Why wearable tech is more than just Google Glass Creative commons image Credit: Max Braun under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 12 Mar 2014
The future of wearable tech offers a lot more than slapping a computer onto the side of your head. Nick Dalton explains.

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People-centred designing

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People-centred designing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 12 hours Updated 05 Mar 2014
Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This unit focuses firmly on usability and the increasingly important...

Design

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Design Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory Level Duration 28 hours Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit looks at the process of design – from assessing the complexity of design as an activity, to exposing the difficulty in making general...

Design thinking

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Introductory Level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Dec 2011
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? Design thinking can structure your natural creativity to come up...

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Design essentials

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Design essentials Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 600 hours Updated 19 Jun 2013 Register by 05 Sep 2013
Gain the skills for research, planning and development of a design project as well as the ability to translate your design ideas into well...

Design for engineers

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Design for engineers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Apr 2013 Register by 05 Sep 2013
Explore the three phases of product design – research, planning and development – through online practical activities to gain the skills and...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Feb 2013
By thinking like a designer, understanding and addressing the many challenges that members of design teams face, you will learn about design and...