Taking courses at Design Factory (DF) was the most exciting journey in the field of education that I’ve ever experienced.Since I get asked quite often about studies in Finland and in particular about Design Factory, I decided to bring out some of my older shots of it and create this short photo story.
Before I start, I would like to thank the director – Kalevi Ekman and the rest of DF’ staff for keeping this amazing place up!
In this post, I would like to showcase what the facility looks like and how one of my friend’s project developed over the course of an academic year.
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And yes, if you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend joining the Product Development Project (PDP) course that is shown in this post. It is accessible by Aalto University’s students and students from partner universities.
Design Factory and PDP
Design factory is a facility for product development and research. It is very well equipped, but I think, the main advantage is the atmosphere that supports learning and problem-solving.
At Design Factory courses, students from different backgrounds bring ideas that at the beginning seemed impossible to realize, to life. Situated in Aalto University, the facility reunites the schools of Engineering, Design, and Business.
One of the major courses (which I took part in) is Product Development Project. In this course, a sponsor company brings in a complex problem to be solved. Small, multidisciplinary groups of students are formed to work on it to then present their final prototypes at the end of the academic year.