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Design Innovation (MDes)

Nalo: Together We Support Recovery

With the emergence of the sharing economy, students in MDes 601 Experience Lab 1 were challenged to explore this new business model through a human-centered service design approach. Having picked a complex problem that the students were passionate about, they translated their concept into a business start-up pitch in their MDes 604 Financial Accounting course. Radhika, Divya, and Stephanie honed in on the opioid crisis and developed a knowledge/resource sharing app named, NALO: Together We Support Recovery.

Gotel Animation 2016

The Gotel Project

An assignment from MDES 601 Experience Design Lab.

This was a team project assignment focused on Autonomous Mobility. There is a paradigm shift happening in personal mobility. Many car companies are taking the lead set by Google to pursue the idea of “driverless cars” and what this technology can offer consumers and opportunities for businesses and services. This technology may also eventually dictate how cities are designed. Students were challenged to consider service and experience design solutions that embrace this growing need.

More Human


Discover opportunities for elevated user experiences, threats to existing services, markets for early adoption, and ways to redefine the use of autonomous vehicles.


Media production company supporting autonomous services for unsheltered people.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Announces New Master of Design in Design Innovation Program

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) announces the launch of a Master of Design Innovation (MDes) program. The MDes program integrates deep expertise in design practice with business discipline in a broad-based curriculum that uses market challenges and social initiatives as the context for learning.

MDes Bootcamp

Design Innovation

The Master of Design: Design Innovation (MDes) program at MassArt is a full-time, two-year (60 credit hours) graduate program that prepares the next generation of innovators to lead organizational and social transformation at corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Piper Aircraft

To address the design needs from the highly functional pilot controls to the creature comforts of the cabin for Piper Aircraft, Professor Lars Fischer re-introduced them to their customers through detailed user persona boards to create distinct delineations in the product line tailored specifically to affluent consumers. 

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