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The Bottom Line - Inventors

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
In this episode of The Bottom Line, Evan Davis and guests discuss the process of designing a product and getting it onto the market. 

OU on the BBC: Free Thinking: RIBA

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Updated 05 Mar 2014
In this one-off programme recorded in association with The Open University, Free Thinking takes a look at The Brits Who Built the Modern World.

OU on the BBC: The Brits Who Built The Modern World

OU on the BBC: The Brits Who Built The Modern World Copyrighted image Credit: Nathan Kendall/OFTV
Updated 03 Feb 2014
Join us for the series that tells the story of how an exceptional generation of British architects conquered the globe with their high-tech vision.

Building Stories

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Building Stories Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 19 Nov 2013
Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.

Design Behind the Bike

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Design Behind the Bike Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 05 Nov 2013
The Design Behind the Bike Series explores the effect of science and technology on cycling and explores how the development in technology has...

Designing interactive systems for dogs

Designing interactive systems for dogs Copyrighted image Credit: Suemack | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 31 Jul 2013
Why is designing interactive systems from a user-centred perspective so important for professional dogs?

Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs

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Animal-Computer Interaction and dogs Copyrighted image Credit: Damedeeso | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Jul 2013
Dr Clara Mancini tells us how Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is expanding the design of interactive systems beyond the human species.

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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 unit introduces a number of key themes that explore how...

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 for dementia care

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Design for dementia care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Intermediate level Duration 50 mins Updated 13 Jan 2012
The impact of disorientating spaces on people with dementia can be profound, and can create serious deterioration in their wellbeing. Case studies...

Design thinking

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Design thinking Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Introduction to structural integrity

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Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Jul 2011
The I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis in August 2007, resulting in at least 13 deaths, illustrates the importance of structural integrity. This...

Manufacturing

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 19 Jul 2011
How are designs turned into products? What resources, materials and methods used and what set of activities that goes under the heading of ...

Design for beginners

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Design for beginners Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 May 2011
How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University...

The Arch Never Sleeps

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The Arch Never Sleeps Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
It has been said that arches never sleep, that they are almost living in the way they adapt to change. Using case studies of Ely Cathedral in...

Soaring Achievements

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Soaring Achievements Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
How does an aircraft without an engine stay up in the air? What factors affect a glider's performance and how far it can travel? Scientific...