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The Design Gym Studio Project
March 11, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - March 18, 2015 @ 8:45 pm
LEARN BY DOING, ACCELERATE YOUR INSIGHTS
A Studio Project is a chance to work over a longer period of time with a team, under creative direction. Each week will build on the next and the work will be highly collaborative. It’s the closest we can get to simulating working in an innovation lab and will help you bring these techniques into your own work.
Over the course of Five Sessions , you’ll dig into a real challenge alongside a client team, getting a real time, real life opportunity to learn design thinking in practice.
You’ll build a research and insights plan collaboratively, and get feedback and insights as you go. At the end of the class, you’ll have your own case study on bringing a concept from research through insights and strategy.
Between classes, you and your team will work together to execute on your research plan, and do real-world customer and stakeholder research. Each week we’ll move through the phases of design – at the end, developing a series of insights, concepts and pitches to your client.
WHEN ARE THE SESSIONS?
Each session will be held on Wednesday nights from 6:00pm – 9:15pm. These will be a mixture of group learning sessions, private coaching ‘office hour’ sessions, and client check-in sessions (see outline below).
HOW MUCH TIME IS REQUIRED OUTSIDE OF CLASS?
The real work, experience, and fun will be achieved outside of the classroom. You should plan on meeting with your team a few times in between each class. Set aside a weekend afternoon, maybe! These might range in doing a 45 minute interview to spending a half-day doing store visits to spending a full day frameworking and developing insights. It’s up to you and your team to find a schedule that works for you. We find that teams spend an additional 10-12 hours a week meeting and working together.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
In this class, participants will get a deeper understanding of how each phase of design works and how to navigate them, in practice.
MARCH 11 | KICK-OFF MEETING
Meet other participants
Review the project plan
Get background on the client and brief
MARCH 18 | EXAMINE + CLIENT PRESENTATION
Different types of design research
Knowing what types of research to use when
Research planning: who to talk to, when to talk, where to talk, how many to talk to, what to talk about.
MARCH 25 | RESEARCH FRAMEWORKING
Coaching on research methods and execution
Outputs, Definition and outcomes
APRIL 1 | STRATEGY AND CONCEPTING
How to turn research into useful strategies and insights
How to collaboratively build alignment on project scope and direction
How to move from insights to Ideas
Ideation tools and techniques
APRIL 8 | FINAL PRESENTATIONS + DEBRIEF
Final Presentation to the Client
Discuss the best ways to apply this experience and learning back to your individual work or job
We are committed to enrolling unique and fascinating companies for these projects. We’ve had the pleasure of working with some pretty diverse challenges – from rethinking lunch with Applegate to rethinking social networks with Mozilla! The results, both from the company perspective and the student perspective, have been really exciting!
Student Perspectives: Real world practice and experience
“I’m excited about applying the [design thinking] process to a real project. It’s tough to get that sort of practice when you’re not doing it in your daily job”
Jessica Martin, Innovation associate
“I was always really craving to do it, as opposed to just learn about it… a 2-hour class where we just have some fun with sticky notes!
I love that we’re really working with a client and we get to try to really solve a real-world problem”
Sally Hall, Development Officer
If you come to the first workshop and feel that this class isn’t right for you, we’ll refund your entire fee. Likewise, if after the first workshop session we don’t think you’re a good match for the sessions, we’ll refund your fee and recommend next steps for you on your learning journey
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