“NECK-DOWN” DESIGNING: A Design for America Enrichment Workshop

In October of 2013 I lead a workshop for the Columbia University Chapter of Design For America and introduced students to design research methods aimed to unearth more rigorous discovery within their own research projects. For these students, it was important to get ‘out of their head’ and ‘into their body’. The methods I introduced…

DRAWING FOR THINKERS: Sketching skills for the non-believer

My DRAWING FOR THINKERS course is a 2-hour workshop teaching drawing skills as a way to diagram and think through tough problems. The target audience for this workshop is the ‘I Can’t Draw’ crowd and those who want to improve on their ability to sketch as a tool for design thinking and representation. Participant Learning…

CHANGING HOW WE CARE: Moving from Medical to Social Solutions

In October of 2011 I presented a project at the Global Service Design Conference in San Francisco with colleague Ali Baba Attaie. The work is being managed by HelloLAB and challenges designers and business leaders to rethink the healthcare experience in underserved communities in New York City. In addition, our article on our work was accepted by…

CHANGING HOW WE CARE- Presentation

In October of 2011 I presented at the Global Service Design Conference in San Francisco with colleague Ali Baba Attaie from HelloLAB. The following includes our presentation slides and some comments about the project. HOW IT STARTED:  Ali and I met over a year ago at a conference on design, technology and innovation. His organization, hellosmile is a…

SPACE AS SERVICE: AN INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP FOR ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS

Space is a platform for dynamic experiences, not a just a static container. So, how can designers prepare to design spaces that empower a more mobile, personal and participatory experience?[1] This was the question I posed to the students at the beginning of our half-day workshop at the gradate school of architecture at Washington University…

VISUAL THINKING IS FOR EVERYONE: Make a drawing, tell your story

Pictures are global and transcend words. They carry metaphors, symbols and meaning beyond the written word. Capturing ideas with images takes less time than reading text or verbalizing ideas, and making drawings helps you tell stories more effectively. Visual thinking can help you make sense of complexity, help find patterns and surface critical issues, help…