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OpenLearn Live: 18th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2016
The medal awarded to celebrate where industry and arts unite. Then more free learning across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 7th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 7th April 2016 Creative commons image Kārlis Dambrāns under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
The specs couldn't save Google's digital specs. Then more free learning across the day.

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
In the UK, there is a rush to build more homes. Is there a different way of making the houses we want to live in, that suits the ways we live...

OpenLearn Live: 11th March 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 11th March 2016 Creative commons image Tom Parnell under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Mar 2016
Marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Harold Wilson, and rounding off a week in Dundee celebrating its design heritage. Free learning...

Urbanism in Blade Runner

Urbanism in Blade Runner Creative commons image Alan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jan 2016
As well as being a science fiction classic, you could read Blade Runner as a movie about town planning. No, really. Let Ryan Schleeter explain.

OpenLearn Live: 11th December 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Dec 2015
The man who shaped Barcelona - lovely, sweeping shapes; why dark matter isn't so weird; and a polar bear gets a check-up. Then more free...

OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 30th November 2015 Creative commons image Russian Presidential Press and Information Office under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2015
The man who went into space and became the Cosmos; back on Earth, why do people hate airports? Then more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd October 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Oct 2015
What happens when you add Italian design to a British workhorse? What difference has Open Access made? And more free learning through the day.

OpenLearn Live: 22nd October 2015

OpenLearn Live: 22nd October 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Ifcar
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2015
A car which warns against innovating for the sake of it; the rise of Bernie Sanders; then more free learning through the day.

On-screen graphic design: The early years of television

On-screen graphic design: The early years of television Copyrighted image Copyright: Associated Rediffusion used under crit & review
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Sep 2015
With the birth of television as a mass medium, suddenly a whole new visual language was needed. One that would work on tiny, flickering,...

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Design thinking

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
Are you ever frustrated with something that you thought you could design better? This free course, Design thinking, will show you how to structure...

Innovation through representation

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Innovation through representation
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move...

People-centred designing

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
Designed products surround us all and range from bus tickets to buildings. This free course, People-centred designing, focuses firmly on usability...

Manufacturing

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods are used and what set of activities goes under the heading of ...

Design

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Introductory level Duration 28 hours Updated 17 Mar 2016
This free course looks at the process of design, from assessing the complexity of design as an activity to exposing the difficulty in making...

Introducing engineering

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number...