DPD: Discover Product Design


Product Design is Everywhere: Take five seconds right now to look around and note as many products as you can. Just about everything you will see or interact with today was designed. If five seconds is enough to appreciate a room full of product design, imagine how much we're going to pack into five days!

Discover Product Design (DPD) will give you a broad preview of the world of product design. We'll visit local design firms, meet cool people, work on a few small design projects, and get a head start exploring MIT, Cambridge, and Boston. No prior experience necessary—we're excited to get you excited about design!

Get Inspired

Every designer needs inspiration, so we'll be visiting local Boston design firms to talk with product designers in their element. We also plan to visit local museums and other Boston points of interest.

Get Equipped

Designing the next big product is no fun without the right tools, so we'll be providing plenty of tools for you to work with during the week. Best of all, these tools (and everything you design with them) will be yours to keep after DPD. We'll also tour the great MIT facilities on campus to help you realize all the ideas you'll come up with in your next four years.

Get Creative

You'll have the opportunity to create your own product and work on smaller projects throughout the week that address relevant topics in design. Don't worry if you don't have much experience—we'll give you all the experience you need to address any design challenge.

Get Fed

We can't expect you to be creative on an empty stomach, so we'll be arranging three meals a day for you. We'll reach out to you about dietary restrictions and food preferences once you're admitted to DPD.

Quotes from last year's participants:

"Creative, hands-on, FUN, and eye-opening. What more could you want?"

"DPD was a great introduction to product design, condensing all the aspects of design: from ideation to brainstorming to prototyping, all into 6 days of fun." 

"DPD was a fantastic way to meet some of my future classmates, tour Boston, and get an introduction to design at MIT."

"DPD was a great balance of seeing, hearing about, and being a direct part of the design process."

"Take advantage of every single moment in DPD because a week can go by really fast."

"If you don't know what design is, take this FPOP! Even if you do, take this FPOP!"

DPD Specifics

  • Dates: Wednesday, August 22 – Sunday, August 26
  • Place: First year students will be housed in their assigned dormitory. Meeting location to be announced.
  • Available Spaces: 24
  • Cost: $150. Includes all meals, transportation, supplies, and activities.