Trade School (32 Prince St., Manhattan)
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Design Thinking is a methodology that teaches students to creatively solve problems in their lives. Creative confidence comes from repeated practice using a human-centered creative process to solve problem scenarios called design challenges. After using the process on these challenges, students will have another tool, the design thinking process, to apply towards solving real life problems.
Our workshop is centered on a design challenge that relates to an experience all the students are familiar with, such as redesigning the lunch experience or redesigning the school backpack. The workshop consists of exercises including interviews to understand your user, ways to define your users needs, group brainstorming to get tons of great ideas, prototyping to test those ideas quickly and user feedback to build on those ideas.
The workshop emphasizes 3 primary mindsets:
– Human centered or user centered design with a focus on empathy
– Bias towards action, prototyping and rapid testing
– Ideating, brainstorming and inspiring creative confidence.