The Wallet Project is 90-minute (including debrief) fast-paced project though a full design cycle. Students pair up, show and tell each other about their wallets, ideate, and make a new solution that is "useful and meaningful" to their partner.
What is it?
A group activity (from 2 to 100+ participants) in which students rapidly do a "full cycle through the design process." The project is broken down into specific steps (of a few minutes each), and student have worksheet packets that guide them. In addition one or two facilitators (not participating in the project) prompt each step, and add some verbal color and instruction.
What students learn?
Participants get the feel of a design approach, gain some shared vocabulary, and get a taste of each design "mode" (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test). [Note: the activity is great, regardless if you choose to teach "process" with these steps.] Specifically, we hope students see the value of engaging with real people to help them ground their design decisions, that low-resolutions prototypes are useful to learn from (take an iterative approach), and to bias toward action (you can make a lot of progress in a little bit of time if you start DOing).
What we give you:
The worksheet packet (the paper sheets students work on)
[Print one-sided 11"x17", one per student]
The facilitators guide (a step-by-step guide with talking points to run the activity)
[Print two-sided 11"x17", one per facilitator]
What else you need:
Optional; we usually project the worksheet pages as we go, but you don't have to)
We use cocktail tables and stools.
Use what you have, but try to get students in an active posture, able to talk to their partner, and able to build.
Bolted-down forward-facing seats in an auditorium is the worse option.
We use Sharpies to get people loose and rough with their sketching.
Music-maker (i.e. computer and speakers, iPod+speakers, etc.)
(Turn it down when you are talking, and off during first step of project)
We use an upbeat Pandora station (watch out for commercials on free accounts).
We also have created a playlist specifically for the Wallet Project:
Notes and helpful hints: