Design Thinking for Your Life and Work (October 2018)


Design Thinking for Your Life and Work (October 2018)

from 120.00

Uncover New Pathways with the Design Thinking Process

In this course, we will learn how to utilize the Design Thinking process to ask better questions, engender new perspectives, build empathy, and discover breakthroughs in creative innovation.

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Date: Mondays, October 22, 29, November 5, 12
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Works Progress Agency | 811 E Burnside St Suite 124

Tier A Pricing: $297 (Large Organization or Business Pricing)
Tier B Pricing: $197 (Nonprofit Pricing or $30/hr or above wage earners)
Tier C Pricing: $120 ($29/hr or below wage earners)
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This course is a part of our PUGS at Work series.

Through an introduction to Design Thinking, this workshop will offer a variety of collaborative processes focusing on Human Centered Design. Participants will practice interdisciplinary teamwork, ethnographic research, critical feedback sessions, observational learning, ideation and iterative techniques. The coursework will be responsive to the individual’s interests, needs, and particular workplace scenarios. Building upon existing frameworks, participants will learn new research methods and build pathways for creative innovation.

Week 1

We will begin the course through an overview of the Design Thinking process and then move into an experiential discovery process. Discovery and ethnographic research methods are useful in many areas of our lives. Learn various skills of researching––what to look for, how to make connections, documentation and what questions to ask. This week will include a question exchange, and discussions around research ethics, equity and empathy. 

Week 2

How do you identify the most important components of field research? How do we take our raw data and observations and translate them in a way that an audience can understand? Who is your audience? This week we will explore audience, synthesis and interpretation strategies.

Week 3

In order to better understand Human Centered Design, we will explore the personal narratives and values that shape our perception. We review various storytelling methods and examples where design is an essential component of the process or outcome. We will practice visual communication methods that creatively and effectively share complicated ideas. 

Week 4

Design and Design Thinking do not happen in isolation. This week we will collaboratively ideate approaches to some of the complex problems we have identified during this course. We will expand our understanding of interdisciplinary teamwork and practice iterative techniques to problem solving.

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Emily Fitzgerald is the co-founder of Works Progress Agency, a consultancy that helps individuals and organizations discover, embody, and aestheticize what matters most to them. She is a creative consultant, educator, and socially-engaged artist. Through her consulting and art practice she focuses on integrating the relational and visual to elevate engagement, invoke curiosity, and reframe our ways of relating to one another. In addition to consulting, Emily teaches Art, Photography, and Design Thinking at Portland State University.