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? Come join us for this fun introduction to design thinking methods and techniques that focuses specifically on using them to help you do better research. Our goal is to recognize the creative, playful mindset that underlies successful innovation in scholarship and explore how design thinking can improve the research process to make us more innovative scholars or scientists. Our starting premise: Emerging scientists, scholars, and interdisciplinary researchers need tools, techniques, support, and inspiration to approach their research in an innovative and playful spirit of design. You will explore a variety of design abilities and mindsets, 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, Stanford d.school
Sabastian Kernbach, University of St. Gallen


Any questions?


Email wbullard@gmail.com


  • Winter 2018
  • No credit
  • Dates TBD

  • Stanford d.school


Apply by Dec 8, 2017

Accepting 24 students

Open to Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-Docs, Community Members