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Life-centred Design Foundations Online Course

Learn the foundations of circular, inclusive, and regenerative product and business design to start becoming a life-centred designer

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Life-centred Design Foundations Online Course

Learn the foundations of circular, inclusive, and regenerative product and business design to start becoming a life-centred designer

About the course

You’ll redesign a product of your choice to do less harm and more good with ecosystem mapping, circular and inclusive design, non-human personas, and Sustainable Development Goals.

Think in systems
Design for nature’s needs
Design for the circular economy
Help the vulnerable

Course Details

6 weeks of live sessions online
1 x 2.5 hours session per week
2-5 hours homework per week
Group and Instructor feedback
Max 12 participants
Certificate of Completion

AUD$950

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About the course

Learn how to expand your human-centred design to be more sustainable, regenerative, and inclusive by learning the foundations of life-centred design.

You’ll redesign a product of your choice to do less harm and more good with ecosystem mapping, circular and inclusive design, non-human personas, and Sustainable Development Goals.

Think in systems
Design for nature’s needs
Design for the circular economy
Help the vulnerable

Course details

6 weeks of live sessions online
1 x 2.5 hours design session per week
2-5 hours homework per week
Group and Instructor feedback
Max 12 participants
Certificate of Completion

AUD$950

6 interactive sessions to expand your design powers

6 interactive sessions to expand your design powers

Life-centred Design Foundations Course Week 1—Map your ecosystem

Week 1—Map your ecosystem

After learning the scope, principles, and tools of life-centred design, you’ll dive straight into active learning by zooming out from your design subject to map the greater ecosystem it belongs to and see the people, animals, and planet it impacts.

Life-centred Design Foundations Course Week 2—Do Less Harm

Week 2—Do Less Harm

Learn circular, sustainable, and inclusive design strategies to optimise your design subject’s durability and usability to reduce what it takes and who it might exclude.

Life-centred Design Foundations Course Week 3—Give nature a voice

Week 3—Give All Life A Voice

Create personas for the vulnerable people, animals, and environments your subject impacts, including creating multi-media versions for engaging and influencing shareholders.

Life-centred Design Foundations Course Week 4—Do More Good

Week 4—Do More Good

Use your non-human and non-user personas to innovate your subject’s product and business to shift from just taking from the planet to caretaking that which it takes from.

Life-centred Design Foundations Course Week 5—Align with world

Week 5—Align with world

Connect your design subject to global goals and innovate ways to set metrics.

Life-centred Design Foundations Course Week 7—Present your life-centred design project

Week 6—Forge ahead

Presentation night! After compiling your innovations into a cohesive life-centred redesign, you’ll share your presentation with the group before reflecting on your learnings together on how to take them further into the world.

So who is this for?

For designers, innovators, and product and business owners who want to do less harm and more good

This course spans design and business innovation, and how they are co-dependant, so it is suited for both designers and business decision-makers, of all ages and experience levels.

🧑🏻‍🎨  Industrial designers, urban designers, architects, service designers, researchers

The design strategies include systems thinking and behavioural design to help designers zoom out to see the bigger picture and innovate solutions from new business models, non-human/non-user needs, and enable supportive user/citizen behaviour

🧑🏽‍💼  Product owners, Business Owners, Decision-makers

The innovation strategies include exploring new business models based on giving back to the systems they take from and collaborating with others to shift from being just takers to becoming inspiring caretakers

🧑🏻‍💻  Digital Designers

While this course doesn’t go into sustainable digital design, Digital Designers who want to become more generalists and understand how their work connects to global issues will also benefit from this course.

Designers, managers, and decision-makers

For designers, product and business owners, and innovators who want to do less harm and more good

This course spans design and business innovation, and how they are co-dependant, so it is suited for both designers and business decision-makers, of all ages and experience levels.

🧑🏻‍🎨  Industrial designers, urban designers, architects, service designers, researchers

The design strategies include systems thinking and behavioural design to help designers zoom out to see the bigger picture and innovate solutions from new business models, non-human/non-user needs, and enable supportive user/citizen behaviour

🧑🏽‍💼  Product owners, Business Owners, Decision-makers

The innovation strategies include exploring new business models based on giving back to the systems they take from and collaborating with others to shift from being just takers to becoming inspiring caretakers

🧑🏻‍💻  Digital Designers

While this course doesn’t go into sustainable digital design, Digital Designers who want to become more generalists and understand how their work connects to global issues will also benefit from this course.

What past students have learnt and produced

"Rethinking in-flight meals and packaging on long haul flights"—A student project from the Life-centred Design Foundations Course

“Helps me with science communication ideas for climate change adaptation and deeper consideration of impacts of supply chains and lifecycles”

Rebecca Dawson

"Fishing Jugs With Future"—A studnet project from The Life-centred Design Foundations Course

“Thank you so much for the great course Damien! My recommendation to everyone 10/10 🤩 “

Laura Tahvanainen

Grow your nest with Mycelia—A student project from the life-centred Design Foundations Course

“My goal was new tools for service portfolio – I got that but feel I learned so much more… A lot of inspiration for changing my business”

Manuela Risch

Meet your teacher

Damien Lutz, author of The Non-human Persona Guide, The Life-centred Design Guide, and Future Scouting

Damien Lutz

A veteran UX/UI Designer, researcher, and writer, Damien has spent over a decade in design and has taught UX, futuring, and life-centred design.

Since 2017,  he’s scouted the fringes of design to develop ways to fully realise it as a superpower for good. He produced three design guides—Future Scouting, The Life-Centred Design Guide, and The Non-human Persona Guide—along with two online hubs, various toolkits, courses, and workshops to empower designers and decision-makers to be more sustainable, regenerative, inclusive, and future skilled.

Join Damien to learn new ways to design a thriving existence for all life.

Meet your teacher

Damien Lutz, author of The Non-human Persona Guide, The Life-centred Design Guide, and Future Scouting

Damien Lutz

A veteran UX/UI Designer, researcher, and writer, Damien has spent over a decade in design and has taught UX, futuring, and life-centred design.

Since 2017,  he’s scouted the fringes of design to develop ways to fully realise it as a superpower for good. He produced three design guides—Future Scouting, The Life-Centred Design Guide, and The Non-human Persona Guide—along with two online hubs, various toolkits, courses, and workshops to empower designers and decision-makers to be more sustainable, regenerative, inclusive, and future skilled.

Join Damien to learn new ways to design a thriving existence for all life.

FAQs

This course spans design and business innovation, and how they are co-dependant, so it is suited for both designers and business decision-makers, of all ages and experience levels.

🧑🏻‍🎨  Industrial designers, urban designers, architects, service designers, researchers—The design strategies include systems thinking and behavioural design to help designers zoom out to see the bigger picture and innovate solutions from new business models, non-human/non-user needs, and enable supportive user/citizen behaviour
🧑🏽‍💼  Product owners, Business Owners, Decision-makers—The innovation strategies include exploring new business models based on giving back to the systems they take from and collaborating with others to shift from being just takers to becoming inspiring caretakers
🧑🏻‍💻  Digital Designers—While this course doesn’t go into sustainable digital design, Digital Designers who want to become more generalists and understand how their work connects to global issues will also benefit from this course.

The course is best for anyone with some basic design or business knowledge, but all our welcome and will be inspired.

The 6 weekly classes are 2.5 hours, over 6 weeks, with 2-5 hrs of homework each week. How much time you put in is up to you, but the more you put in the more you will get out of it.

Each week, you will learn a new life-centred design tool and way of thinking, that you’ll apply to a subject of your choice.

Each lesson includes homework, which everyone presents back at each following class for group feedback and discussion.

By the end of the course, you will have redesigned your subject and have prepared a presentation which you’ll present at the final lesson to also receive feedback.

Before the course starts, you’ll choose a product to redesign as your design subject for the course.

You’re welcome to redesign any type of product, but learning life-centred design can be easier if you start with products that are:

  • Fairly simple with a few parts and different materials, but not too many and not too complex
  • Have some packaging you can redesign
  • Are common and used by many
  • Could be reusable but are thrown away after one use (like cleaning products in spray bottles)

Examples:

  • Common furniture like mattresses, a set of table and chairs, etc.
  • Multi-pack of underwear
  • Pack of disposable shavers
  • Gift box of luxury chocolates
  • Bottle of wine
  • Bags or luggage
  • Products in disposable spray bottles

I’ll also have options as back up.

Yes! The course is completely online, based on the Sydney, Australia Timezone, so as long as you can make that time, you can attend from anywhere in the world.

Yes! You will be automatically sent a certificate to the email in your account after you have completed all course lessons and have shared your completed persona in the community.

Certificate of completion for The Life-centred Design Foundations Online Course

The course instructor is the Sydney-based designer, researcher, and writer, Damien Lutz, founder of lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au, and author The Life-centred Design Guide, The Non-human Persona Guide, and Future Scouting.

Damien created the first framework for life-centred design and published the first guide on life-centred and  non-human persona design based on project work, interviews with other practitioners and experts, and research.

damienlutz.com.au

The Life-centred Design Lab is committed to providing equitable access for designers around the world by offering scholarships at our own discretion.

Read more here

Yes, we also offer customised training for life-centred design and non-human personas. Contact us for more details or email at info@lifecentred.design.

FAQs

This course spans design and business innovation, and how they are co-dependant, so it is suited for both designers and business decision-makers, of all ages and experience levels.

🧑🏻‍🎨  Industrial designers, urban designers, architects, service designers, researchers—The design strategies include systems thinking and behavioural design to help designers zoom out to see the bigger picture and innovate solutions from new business models, non-human/non-user needs, and enable supportive user/citizen behaviour
🧑🏽‍💼  Product owners, Business Owners, Decision-makers—The innovation strategies include exploring new business models based on giving back to the systems they take from and collaborating with others to shift from being just takers to becoming inspiring caretakers
🧑🏻‍💻  Digital Designers—While this course doesn’t go into sustainable digital design, Digital Designers who want to become more generalists and understand how their work connects to global issues will also benefit from this course.

The course is best for anyone with some basic design or business knowledge, but all our welcome and will be inspired.

The 6 weekly classes are 2.5 hours, over 6 weeks, with 2-5 hrs of homework each week. How much time you put in is up to you, but the more you put in the more you will get out of it.

Each week, you will learn a new life-centred design tool and way of thinking, that you’ll apply to a subject of your choice.

Each lesson includes homework, which everyone presents back at each following class for group feedback and discussion.

By the end of the course, you will have redesigned your subject and have prepared a presentation which you’ll present at the final lesson to also receive feedback.

Before the course starts, you’ll choose a product to redesign as your design subject for the course.

You’re welcome to redesign any type of product, but learning life-centred design can be easier if you start with products that are:

  • Fairly simple with a few parts and different materials, but not too many and not too complex
  • Have some packaging you can redesign
  • Are common and used by many
  • Could be reusable but are thrown away after one use (like cleaning products in spray bottles)

Examples:

  • Common furniture like mattresses, a set of table and chairs, etc.
  • Multi-pack of underwear
  • Pack of disposable shavers
  • Gift box of luxury chocolates
  • Bottle of wine
  • Bags or luggage
  • Products in disposable spray bottles

I’ll also have options as back up.

Yes! The course is completely online, based on the Sydney, Australia Timezone, so as long as you can make that time, you can attend from anywhere in the world.

Yes! You will be automatically sent a certificate to the email in your account after you have completed all course lessons and have shared your completed persona in the community.

Certificate of completion for The Life-centred Design Foundations Online Course

The course instructor is the Sydney-based designer, researcher, and writer, Damien Lutz, founder of lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au, and author The Life-centred Design Guide, The Non-human Persona Guide, and Future Scouting.

Damien created the first framework for life-centred design and published the first guide on life-centred and  non-human persona design based on project work, interviews with other practitioners and experts, and research.

damienlutz.com.au

The Life-centred Design Lab is committed to providing equitable access for designers around the world by offering scholarships at our own discretion.

Read more here

Yes, we also offer customised training for life-centred design and non-human personas. Contact us for more details or email at info@lifecentred.design.

Do less harm and more good with Life-centred Design

Learn how to expand your human-centred design to be more sustainable, regenerative, inclusive, and long-term.

You’ll redesign a product of your choice to do less harm and more good with circular and inclusive design, non-human personas, and Sustainable Development Goals.

Get updates about next cohort

Life-centred Design Foundations Online Course
6 weeks | Live sessions online
1 x 2.5 hours design session per week
Group and Instructor feedback
Max 12 participants
Certificate of completion

AUD$950

Life-centred Design Foundations Online Course
6 weeks of live sessions online
1 x 2.5 hours session per week
2-5 hours homework per week
Group and Instructor feedback
Max 12 participants
Certificate of Completion

AUD$950

Get updates about next cohort

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Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
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Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

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Lifecentred.design aims to be low carbon, inclusive, and regenerative

This site's hosting is green

Energy used by the web hosting servers is offset by 3 times as much renewable energy returned to the grid

100 trees planted!

To regenerate trees used to make my books, I donate a percentage of sales from lifecentred.design and futurescouting.com.au to onetreeplanted.org

Page CO2 emissions
Shown for high-traffic pages only

Sustainable web strategies are used to reduce page load emissions. Current industry standard is 0.5g/page view—all lifecentred.design pages are under

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