Design Process Mini-Guide


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    The Design Process Mini-Guide is five-page document outlining a design process we teach here at the d.school. We often give this resource to students after a short design experience, to help solidify the takeaways and abstract the experience to useful framework.

    What is it?

    A five-page document; read about the five modes of the design process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test) as we teach it: the what, why, and how for each mode -- plus notes on transitioning between modes.

    It is important to note that we use this process to scaffold students' learning and practice of a design approach, but we expect as students become more adept they will adapt the process to their style and project needs -- and take on design challenges in a much more fluid and cyclical way.

    What students learn?

    We hope this document facilitates student's assimilation of a design experience into takeaway knowledge.
    We imagine the document used in conjunction with an action-oriented design experience (like The Wallet Project or The Gift-Giving Project) -- the document given AFTERWARDS.

    What we give you:

    Process Mini-guide (to view on screen):
    Download file "ModeGuideBOOTCAMP2010L.pdf"

    The same Process Mini-guide (to print and staple as a booklet):
    Download file "ModeGuideBOOTCAMP2010.pdf"

    A similar resource is available in Spanish here.