Today was the first day of class. I decided to skip the traditional introductions and get right down to work.
In the spring of last year our office worked with Stanford’s d.School to create a “design thinking” exercise called The Wallet Project. The bright folks at The d.’ created this exercise to help the uninitiated have a firsthand experience with their design methodology. Our office collaborated closely with Stanford to make that experience, clear, compelling and immersive. The exercise provided the perfect “cold start” to a semester in which we will explore a number of design methodologies.
I didn’t have my students use the workbook we created, but I walked them through the process and they produced some impressive ideas. Rather than describe the design thinking process in detail myself, I’m going to let my students share with you their takeaways from the first day of class.
Kids, have at it: