Caroline OConnor

Caroline OConnor

Taking it home, Part I: doing and teaching

One of the most exciting things for us at the d.school is hearing how folks who we’ve interacted with are spreading design thinking in their own organizations. That said, we were positively giddy to see folks from agile software development shop Carbon Five adapt our one-hour introduction to design thinking challenge and run it themselves…
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Taking it home, Part I: doing and teaching

Spring d.school class info session

Swing by the d.school on Thursday at noon for lunch and info session on Spring quarter classes. Teaching teams will be on hand to answer questions and chat. Two new classes are on tap: Design for change: Poverty in America and Collaborating the future: Launching large scale sustainable transformations We’ll bring the food, you bring…
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Spring d.school class info session

Around the interwebs…

Lots of good readin’ has been popping up recently, we thought we’d share a few interesting links. Bill Moggridge, a former d.schooler who’s now the head of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, has a new-ish blog with some fantastic stuff. The video interviews with Jimmy Wales and Neil Stevenson are worth a…
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Cooking with Space: Sweet Solutions

We get a lot of questions about collaboration spaces at the d.school (check our Facebook page for a recent example from a K-12 teacher who’d toured our space and wanted to know more about the tool we affectionately call a “sugar cube”). One constant about our space is that our needs are continually changing, from…
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Cooking with Space: Sweet Solutions

Zero to Revenue in Six Weeks

Akshay Kothari and Ankit Gupta brought an idea to into our Launchpad class this quarter: why is the experience of mobile news browsing so bad? Both experienced IPhone developers and design thinkers, they set out to see what a user-driven experience might look like on a new platform, the IPad. Six weeks and dozens of…
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Zero to Revenue in Six Weeks

Design thinking towards a new, more engaged journalism

2008 Knight Journalism Fellow Andrew Haeg took our Bootcamp class two years ago. Now he’s back at American Public Media in Minnesota, applying a design-thinking approach to his work. He shares reflections with us below. Twenty journalists stand in a small wooded clearing behind a community day care center in St. Paul. There are no…
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Design thinking towards a new, more engaged journalism

How are you using design thinking?

There’s nothing we love more at the d.school than hearing how alums are sharing and spreading this way of working. Joaquin Tirado Escobosa, a member of our 2009 bootcamp class, is bringing design thinking to the company he works for in Mexico. Sigma Alimentos is Mexico’s largest maker of processed meat and dairy products, and…
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How are you using design thinking?

Space as a Teacher, Space as a Tool

Here at the d.school we’re just two weeks away from the big move to our new, bigger, more permanent home in the Peterson building. It’s going to be the fourth home for the d. in four years, so this is a chance for us to synthesize a lot of what we’ve learned about the physical…
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Space as a Teacher, Space as a Tool

Redesigning Philanthropy

Last week we were thrilled to have the chance to share the design thinking process with three of the nation’s most influential philanthropic organizations: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The foundations are collaborating on solving a critical failure point…
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Redesigning Philanthropy

Design of Objects –> Design of (Almost) Everything

Prof. Bernie Roth, one of the d.school's founders, spoke at the International Conference on Engineering Design last year. He shared his story of transforming from an engineer who thinks about objects, to one who thinks about people.