What will I learn?


Are you a PhD or Master’s Student who has always wanted to take a d.school class but never had the time to do something outside of your field or department? Or maybe it sounded like fun, but you weren’t sure how what you learned would help your research? This introduction to design thinking methods will help you identify where in your research process you are getting stuck and give you new tools to infuse creativity into your research process. Our goal is to recognize the playful mindsets that underlie successful innovation in scholarship and explore how design thinking can improve the research process to make us more innovative scholars or scientists.

You will explore a variety of design techniques, but focus especially on how being mindful of your own research process, work styles, emotional state, and sometimes-hidden assumptions can help you get “unstuck” when you face research bumps in the road. This class is designed for students without previous experience in design thinking (especially those who may have very little idea what “design thinking” even means!).

Teaching Team

Anja Svetina Nabergoj, PhD
Lecturer Hasso Plattner Institute of Design & University of Ljubljana
Amanda Cravens
Co-founder, Research as Design project
Lindley Mease, M.S.
Co-Founder of Blue Heart, Fellow at Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Lab