What will I learn?


In a world that is messy and unpredictable, human-centered design offers a set of tools and attitudes to navigate complexity and drive positive change.

In Design Thinking Studio you will practice the abilities of design and develop your design process through real world projects, immersive fieldwork, and deep collaboration with teammates from across the university. The class is project-based and emphasizes adopting new behaviors of work. You are expected to show up, try new ways of approaching problems, and contribute to the learning of others.

The class will cover topics such as need finding and design research, information synthesis, creative ideation, rapid prototyping, testing, team dynamics, and storytelling. Through project partnerships and guest lectures, you’ll get exposure to the application of design thinking in both the private and public sector.

Innovation is accelerated by variety of thought, approaches, and experiences. We’re looking to bring together a diversity of cultures and backgrounds to make this the best class possible.

Enrollment is limited and an application is required.


Learn With

Teaching Team

Erik Olesund, d.school
Alissa Murphy, d.school


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  • Winter 2018
  • ME377
  • 4 Units
  • Letter Grade
  • Tue/Thu 1:30-4:20pm
  • Studio 2


Apply by Friday, Dec 8 2017

Accepting 40 students

Open to Graduate students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows, and Postdocs