Welcome to the d.school’s Virtual Crash Course resource page!
We know not everyone can make a trip to the d.school to experience how we teach design thinking. So, we created this online version of one of our most frequently sought after learning tools. Using the video, handouts, and facilitation tips below, we will take you step by step through the process of hosting or participating in a 90 minute design challenge.
We invite you to join this prototype! Since we’re just at the beginning of this distance learning adventure, things may feel a little rough around the edges. We welcome your feedback to help us improve the experience. Shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you choose to participate, in 90 minutes you will be taken through a full design cycle by participating in The Gift-Giving Project. This is a fast-paced project where participants pair up to interview each other, identify real needs, and develop a solution to “redesign the gift-giving experience” for their partner. NO PREVIOUS DESIGN EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. We’ll provide all the information you need to be successful, whether you are just pairing up with one other person or you are gathering a large group (great for organizations, schools, or companies).
Through this experience we hope you will take away some of the basic principles of Design Thinking and start to adapt them into your personal and professional routines.
Below, you will find three sections:
- Gear Up!: How to kick-off a crash course (how to facilitate, prototyping materials to gather, documents to print)
- Go for a ride!: Virtual Crash Course Video (an 80-minute video with debrief questions to wrap the experience)
- Chart a new course: Putting design thinking to work (choose one of three half-day challenges to use design thinking to advance against a pressing current project)