Alumni

Taking it home, Part I: doing and teaching

One of the most exciting things for us at the d.school is hearing how folks who we’ve interacted with are spreading design thinking in their own organizations. That said, we were positively giddy to see folks from agile software development shop Carbon Five adapt our one-hour introduction to design thinking challenge and run it themselves…
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Taking it home, Part I: doing and teaching

User Testing with Kids: Lessons from the Field

Successful user testing requires a delicate balance of focus and openness – that was one of our greatest takeaways from the classes we took last year at the d.School (d.Bootcamp, d.Media, and the LDT d.Seminar, all awesome). Throughout the process of creating Motion Math, our learning game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, we’ve…
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User Testing with Kids: Lessons from the Field

How are you using design thinking?

d.school Alum Signo Uddenberg is using what he learned in Design for Extreme Affordability to tackle a new project in Tanzania this summer. An engineering master’s student studying sustainable design and construction, he’s the co-founder of a start-up incubator for innovative farming projects developed locally in Tanzania. The 2Seeds network, which started in 2009, launched…
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How are you using design thinking?

Working through partners, getting to market faster

The Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability class has launched several internationally known start-ups (including Embrace, Driptech and D.Light.) But main route for student teams to get their life-changing products into the hands of people in the developing world is by working with NGO partner organizations. Working with partners is the quickest way to market: it…
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Working through partners, getting to market faster

Embracing Design Thinking: Reworking POV Pays Off

Developing a strong point of view can be one of the most challenging points in the design process. At the d.school we teach the creation of point of view statements after empathy work and as part of the define phase of the design process. Developing a point of view (POV) is what forces students, and…
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Why Design Matters

d.schooler Diego Rodriguez wrote a great piece for Business Week on why design matters, and why companies and organizations should think of it as a process rather than a aesthetic. Diego’s blog, metacool, is also a must read if you’re interested in how design thinking is applied in the real world.

Driptech Makes Business Week’s 25 Most Intriguing New Businesses

Peter Frykman poses with a hot-off-the-press copy of Business Week featuring Driptech, the drip irrigation company Peter formed using technology he developed with his Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability team. Business Week’s story exposes the newest and most interesting companies that are being born even in the midst of this recession. “History shows that great…
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Driptech Makes Business Week’s 25 Most Intriguing New Businesses

Why the d.school Works

Min Liu just graduated from Stanford at the end of the winter term.  Those of us at the Stanford d.school were lucky to have her as a student in our “Clicks-n-Bricks” class during her last term at Stanford, which among other things, did a project for Wal-Mart focused on fueling their sustainability efforts. I wrote…
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Why the d.school Works