What will I learn?


Using analogous research to design your way forward.

What do a funeral manager, air traffic controller, and job placement coordinator have in common? They all help to navigate transitions.

Come learn from uncommon sources about transitions, flex your sensemaking muscles, and create tangible artifacts and tactics to help students at Skyline college better transition into their lives after Skyline, whether into the workforce or onto a four year college.

This pop-out takes a very common idea - transitions - and asks students to explore user inputs from a wide range of transitions - from a morning commute, to moving to an assisted living facility - to design for a specific transition, leaving a two-year college, like Skyline College. Through experiencing how analogous thinking impacts your ideas and designs, you will broaden your perspective on how to approach empathy and understanding.

When given a design challenge to tackle, it’s tempting to reach out to the user group that is immediately affected. If your challenge is about early childhood education, your first thought is likely to talk to kids, parents and teachers. But, what can you learn from adults learning a second language? From experts in artificial intelligence? From onboarding processes at organizations?

We will be running this pop-out in partnership with the Center for Career and Workforce Programs at Skyline College, and we will be composing this class with half Stanford students and half Skyline students.

Learn With

Teaching Team

Em Havens

John Armstrong
Life Design Lab at Stanford

Laura Pickel

Andrea Vizenor
Skyline College

Kathy Davies
Managing Director, d.life Lab at Stanford


Any questions?

Who do I contact with questions?

Em (ehavens@ideo.com), John (jarmstrong@stanford.edu), Laura (laura.m.pickel@gmail.com), or Andrea (vizenora@smccd.edu)