The River of Life: Designing for Flow

Saturday Workshop
May 3 10:00a – 3:00p
Studio 2
0 Units

What can rivers teach us about maximizing the value, appreciation and enjoyment of our lives? Every river everywhere, regardless of size, climate and surrounding ecosystem, flows forth, always taking the path of least resistance and letting the laws of nature dictate its path. Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s studies of “optimal experience” have revealed that what makes an experience genuinely satisfying is a state of engagement called flow. In this state, people typically experience maximum enjoyment, creativity, and involvement with the task at hand.

Join two people with extensive firsthand experience with flow in multiple contexts- a river guide and a social worker- to explore how to engage flow in your own life, during times of difficulty as well as times of positive energy.

You will use design thinking and empathy tools to identify the characteristics of “flow” experiences; explore personal narratives that impact how one embraces or rejects “flow” experiences in one’s life; and prototype new ways to experience deeper enjoyment and total engagement in life. You will also investigate blockages to flow in modern life and create prototypes to counteract them.

Teaching Team
Melissa Kline Lee,
Taylor Cone,
Emi Kolawole,

Enrollment limited to 34 graduate and undergraduate students. Applications close April 14 at 11:59pm. Apply here: