Design Process

What is #dgift?

Background on the #dgift Project This project is an immersive activity meant to give participants a full cycle through the design thinking process in as short a time as possible. The project itself gives facilitators the opportunity to touch on the fundamental values of the d.school—human-centered design, a bias towards action, and a culture of…
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User Testing with Kids: Lessons from the Field

Successful user testing requires a delicate balance of focus and openness – that was one of our greatest takeaways from the classes we took last year at the d.School (d.Bootcamp, d.Media, and the LDT d.Seminar, all awesome). Throughout the process of creating Motion Math, our learning game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, we’ve…
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User Testing with Kids: Lessons from the Field

How are you using design thinking?

d.school Alum Signo Uddenberg is using what he learned in Design for Extreme Affordability to tackle a new project in Tanzania this summer. An engineering master’s student studying sustainable design and construction, he’s the co-founder of a start-up incubator for innovative farming projects developed locally in Tanzania. The 2Seeds network, which started in 2009, launched…
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How are you using design thinking?

The Bootcamp Bootleg is Here!

The d.school Bootcamp teaching team has curated a loose collection of the methods, modes and mindsets that Bootcamp students found most useful this quarter. The Bootcamp Bootleg is intended for people who’ve already had an introduction to design thinking, but who need some refreshers as they head out to tackle real-world challenges. The teaching team…
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The Bootcamp Bootleg is Here!

Redesigning Retirement

Our Bootcamp students wrapped up their second design projects this week, and the results were spectacular. Twelve teams spent three weeks using the design process to re-invent “the Golden Years” for rebellious Baby Boomers. Students were asked to give particular focus to the empathy phase of the process, and develop a strong user Point of…
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Question of the day

Our bootcamp students are deep in prototype-test-iterate cycles for their second design project, and they’re asking a question that’s fairly universal for design-process learners: Do I have to test my prototype with the same users I designed it for? The short answer is: Heck no! It’s always best to get as far out of your…
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Question of the day

Awakening Creativity

Stanford d.school Co-Founder George Kembel talks about “Awakening Creativity” at the Chautauqua Institution. Watch the video here. We tweeted highlights during the speech via @stanforddschool. You can also read them below: Is creativity something that is available to all of us or is it something that some are born or gifted with? Creativity is a…
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Awakening Creativity

Bruce Nussbaum on Design Thinking & the d.school

BusinessWeek’s Bruce Nussbaum has written some very thought-provoking posts recently about the state of design, design thinking, and education. In his first post, Bob Kerrey Gets Innovation Right at The New School and Parsons, he says that "Design thinking is seen as the integrative solvent that brings together the programs through a powerful methodology that…
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