Design Resources


    Resources to help you teach and lead a design approach to innovation.

    Below are a number of resources designed to help you create learning experiences for your students
    (your students may be your colleagues, your boss, your friends, etc.)

    We have three suggestions of how to take what we give you and make great learning experiences:

    1. DO. Have students trying things for themselves ASAP, even before they think they "get it". Students get enthusiastic and energized by actively working, and it is the best way for them to learn. If you are running workshops or classes, shoot for 80% doing, 20% "lecturing". Think about creating experiences, not just conveying information.

    2. Take an active role in shaping our methodology to the way your students think and work. You don't have to take our approach as a lump package. Make it work for you. This goes along with creating experiences -- what's going to excite and motivate your students.

    3. Please tell us what happened after you do something. It can be a three-sentence report back. Tell us what you tried, how it worked, and what you wish you would have had/know. We need this to continue improving on our end. Email thomas@dschool.stanford.edu

    Projects you can facilitate:


    The Wallet Project and The Gift-Giving Project:: A 90-minute (plus debrief) fast-paced project though a full design cycle. Students pair up to interview each other, create a point-of-view, ideate, and make a new solution that is "useful and meaningful" to their partner.
    [Note: the Gift-Giving and Wallet projects have the same format, only the topic is different. You can read about which one you might want to choose here: Project Topic: Wallet, Gift-Giving, or other]

    Other projects:

    Ready, Set, Design is a short (20 minute) team physical-brainstorming activity -- created by the Cooper-Hewitt.
    Three-minute video on their site explains the project well.

    The Marshmallow Challenge is a great short project (45-60 minutes including debrief) about Building-to-Think and Team Dynamics. Tom Wujec created this excellent website with all the instructions.

    Questions and Answers:

    I am capturing questions and answers regarding the materials on this site on the Questions and Answers page.
    If you have a comment or question about using d.resources email thomas@dschool.stanford.edu

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    The resources in this wiki by Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at info@dschool.stanford.edu.