Where Industrial Design Meets IxD - Grad Programs

2 Sep 2009 - 12:13am
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Leo Ham


I am a recent CogSci - HCI graduate and I'm looking into Industrial
Design (ID) programs that have close ties with IxD.

Or the other way around...IxD programs that deal beyond digital

I've found the ID program at SCAD close to what I'm looking for.
Their curriculum includes "Methods of Contextual Research"

Any other?



2 Sep 2009 - 2:58am
Nils-Erik Gustafsson

Check out the excellent MSc progamme in Interaction Design at the Umeå
School of Design in Umeå, Sweden. It might be a bit of a commute,
though... ;-)



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2 Sep 2009 - 5:37am
Kevin Cannon

Also, check out the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design: www.ciid.dk

2 Sep 2009 - 10:01am
Barbara Ballard

On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 5:13 PM, Leo Ham<lheaom at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am a recent CogSci - HCI graduate and I'm looking into Industrial
> Design (ID) programs that have close ties with IxD.

University of Kansas has a MA in IxD that shares a lot with the ID
program. And a professor who is formerly head of human factors for


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2 Sep 2009 - 12:03pm
Dave Malouf

Ok, here's my best breakdown:

ID programs that have IxD components:
ahem: SCAD: I teach IxD here and we also have a service design,
design management and sustainability masters program so you can
really take a lot of courses. The program is a big D design program
more than an ID program and I'm building an IxD masters program
here. (enough w/ the plug)

IIT/ID has a great graduate design program like SCADs it is really a
boundary crosser probably focusing more in research than SCAD's (not
that SCAD doesn't have a strong research component)

Carelton in Ottawa is a great ID Progam w/ strong IxD
Syracuse seems to have some good stuff as well.

(there are 1000's of ID programs so going into strong detail will
bring up lots of opinions.

Someone mentioned Umea and I'd have to agree there, but I would also
look at Delft and Einhoven in Europe as well (again so many programs).

if you want an IxD program with ties to a sister or cousin ID or just
strong 3D design components:

KU is a new program with some interesting stuff going on.
CMU's program is in their amazing Design school a total win-win

In Europe, the CIID mentioned earlier is doing probably the best IxD
education anywhere I've seen. I'm so impressed that they've become
the bellweather for my own program creation.
You can't ignore Royal College of Art
Umea is a great program as well
Delft, Utrecht also good stuff.

-- dave

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2 Sep 2009 - 4:53pm
Rob Nero

I have to mention the grad program that I am attending right now, the
Interaction Design Masters at Malmö University, in Malmö, Sweden.

We didn't have any specific industrial design courses during our 1st year of
design themes, but you are given the freedom to focus on more hardware
design solutions if you wish to. I decided on this school partially to start
a focus on physical designs. I gradually moved towards hardware designs
throughout the year as I became more comfortable. My last project was an
arduino-based hardware solution for an alternative input device for laptops.

We have had visiting Industrial Design professors from the Cape Peninsula
University of Technology, in Cape Town, South Africa. There is also a
spectacular workshop on campus that can assist with any "industrial design"
type work.

One of the curriculum changes for this year's class, is a longer focus on
physical prototyping.

If you are interested in more information, just email me directly!
Rob :)

4 Sep 2009 - 4:25am
Ray Luong

i recommend cmu's hci masters only because i'm planning on applying this fall. it's a rigorous one year program, mostly project based which i know suits your style. pittsburgh is cold though. bring earmuffs.


4 Sep 2009 - 1:46pm
Dave Malouf

Hi Andrew,

Core77 has a good Design School Directory. It is not all that opinion
filled. But I think their use of the term "interaction design" is a
tad liberal. but that's me!

-- dave

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5 Sep 2009 - 11:20am

dave malouf wrote:

> CMU's program is in their amazing Design school a total win-win

CMU's program also has a fair amount of overlap with HCI and other
departments on campus so students aren't in a design school silo.

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