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Free, open source 3D CAD systems finding their place. By Jean Thilmany, Contributing Editor Free, open-source 3D CAD systems are finding their place.

Free, open source 3D CAD systems finding their place

Until fairly recently, designers looking for open-source CAD software had several good two-dimensional programs to choose from but had a much tougher time finding 3D programs. There just weren’t that many out there.

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Critical Thinking Skills: What are They and How Do I Get Them? - Thinker Academy. Critical thinking is often touted as a superior way to confront the issues one faces.

Critical Thinking Skills: What are They and How Do I Get Them? - Thinker Academy

But what is critical thinking, really? How is it done? Can anyone do it, or are Spock-like mental abilities required? Critical thinking is sometimes talked about as a near-mystical skill that exercises untapped parts of your brain. The supposed benefits of critical thinking can sound equally fantastic. Critical thinking is simply a deliberative thought process. There are a number of critical thinking skills. Suspending judgment to check the validity of a proposition or actionTaking into consideration multiple perspectivesExamining implications and consequences of a belief or actionUsing reason and evidence to resolve disagreementsRe-evaluating a point of view in light of new information Critical thinking is neither magical nor foolproof. How can you get critical thinking skills? The researchers used two authentic, ill-defined issues for their study of the infusion method: What is your point of view?

Dr. Innovation - Students of Product Design Episode1. 6 free online classes anyone can take. Some college students love learning for the sake of learning.

6 free online classes anyone can take

But elective classes, however interesting and engaging, don't count toward a major, and students might have to forgo the fun classes in favor of a degree. For the students who didn't get to explore all the subjects they wanted before graduation or just want to continue their education, perhaps it's time to look at your online options. Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. “It’s not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and yes, beauty to people’s lives” - Don Norman Mobile interface and UX design for Smart Transportation Vision The vision of this program is to create User Experience and Interaction designers who will explore and apply understanding of human behavior, context, and technology towards creation of digital products and services that enhance the users’ lives.

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

They will “Have a dream that goes beyond what exists, rather than fixing what exists.”- David Kelly, IDEO At Srishti, we think about human-centered design as not just “user-driven” in its traditional sense, but more about “designing for emerging usages”. Producttank. Design Jobs: Code Bootcamps Increase Non-Web Development Courses. Code bootcamp grads increased dramatically this year-- up to 16,000 grads over last year's 6,700 grads.

Design Jobs: Code Bootcamps Increase Non-Web Development Courses

Now it appears aspiring designers, data scientists, and digital marketers are hoping to get in on the "bootcamp" model of tech training. A new survey from bootcamp index Course Report found that the number of non-web/mobile tech bootcamp grads is set to grow by 128 percent this year, with over 2,866 graduates in 2015 (up from 1,255 grads in 2014). In a survey of 13 of the 15 non-development focused bootcamps in the US and Canada, user interface/user experience design (UI/UX) was the most popular offering, accounting for 57 percent of grads. That's followed by data science (20 percent), product management (9 percent), marketing (9 percent), and sales (6 percent). Eggleston added that time and tuition can be a draw for students looking to gain skills without committing to another degree. Chicago has three non-web/mobile code bootcamp programs (all of which participated in the study).

Affordable College: Design-Focused Till School Aims For Debt-Free Grads. Student debt and colleges' return-on-investment have become factors high school students can't ignore given the skyrocketing state of college tuition.

Affordable College: Design-Focused Till School Aims For Debt-Free Grads

That's why at Till School, a new two-year design-focused portfolio school launching next fall, founder Erin Huizenga is putting the focus on experiential projects, free time to work an outside job, and integrated fellowships. The hope is that when students graduate, they'll have the portfolio that qualifies them for a job in the design world, for a fraction of the cost and little to no debt.

Though an unconventional approach, Huizenga believes the rise in code bootcamps and other alternative education, alongside the growing cost of college, have prepared students to try something new. "There's an openness in the educational landscape to build something like this right now," she added. Till School, which will launch with 12 to 15 students next fall, will be a two-year portfolio school run out of the Green Exchange in east Logan Square.

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Interiors: C3ID007B* Human Figure. Li Edelkoort introduces hybrid design to Parsons. The education system is "obsolete" and fails to reflect the way creative people work, according to trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, who is introducing a new department of Hybrid Design Studies at Parsons School of Design in New York (+ interview).

Li Edelkoort introduces hybrid design to Parsons