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 with their own team. Carbon Five is known for nimble, efficient development for both large companies and early-stage start ups. They already use some of the principles of design thinking in their software development process, but they’re interested in applying design thinking principles more broadly–working on what to build, not just how to build it.

A team from Carbon Five who’d spent some time with us at the d.school took what they learned and brought it home, running a design thinking bootcamp for their whole team. You can read about their adventure here.

At another exciting node in the d.network, graphic designer Christopher Simmons–principal at MINE–used another version of the wallet experience at California College of the Arts. He teaches a graphic design class there, and had his students dive right in on the first day with an experience in the broader world of design thinking. You can see more about his experience here.

Thanks for sharing, guys!

Stories like these are spinach to our inner Popeye, so please drop us a line if you got one you’d like to share.

2 Responses

  1. Joint Hunter
    Joint Hunter March 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm |

    Designing is one of the things I really wanted to learn about. It’s great that despite the schedule and the pressure, if there’s any, you still find time to teach aspiring designers. Kudos to you guys!

  2. Russ Tokuyama
    Russ Tokuyama June 24, 2011 at 3:51 am |

    “their adventure link” link is broken — it no longer exists at:


    It replies, “designbuildjournal.wordpress.com is no longer available. The authors have deleted this blog.”

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