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Design Thinking: Foundations — How to Design Solutions for Difficult Problems

  • Slifka Center, Zuckerman Reading Room (3rd Floor) 80 Wall St. New Haven, CT (map)

Design thinking empowers individuals from all educational backgrounds to begin to see themselves as designers. At Design thinking‘s core are the principles of Human-Centered Design, which focus on identifying products, services, and strategies worth creating by uncovering and understanding the true needs of individuals.

In this workshop, you'll gain a solid understanding of the basic principles of design thinking. You'll increase your confidence with creative tasks, learn how to take greater initiative in overcoming challenges, and come to an understanding of what separates successful products from those that don’t succeed. During this hands-on session, you will work in pairs or small groups to solve an actual problem experienced by another student and will create a physical prototype that can be used to demonstrate your design intentions. No experience is required. Spots are limited for this workshop; registration is required!

Design Thinking: Foundations is taught by Durell Coleman. Durell Coleman is the namesake founder and CEO of DC Design, a social impact design firm whose mission is to advance the well-being of all people by developing curriculums, strategies, products, and services that benefit those most negatively affected by flaws in America’s social systems. In his journey as a designer, Durell has collaborated with international non-profits, large tech companies, and small businesses to create products and services that solve the problems they face. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its Institute of Design (the Stanford His clients include governments, foundations and nonprofits working to fix major issues in the criminal justice and foster care systems, Syrian refugees designing solutions to challenges in refugee camps, students at Stanford University designing a more inclusive campus, and corporate executives from Sony, Oracle, and Santander. He is an expert in multi-stakeholder, human-centered design, has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service as a result of his work, and is one of the subjects of the PBS documentary: “Extreme by Design,” which is used as a design thinking teaching aid all over the world.

This workshop is part of the Innovator's Toolkit, a series of free workshops focused on key skills for innovation.

The series is presented by the Yale Collaborative on Social Entrepreneurship, a partnership of the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology, Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, Dwight Hall at Yale, InnovateHealth Yale, The Policy Lab, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, Yale Landscape Lab, and Yale School of Management’s Program on Entrepreneurship and Program on Social Enterprise.

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Later Event: January 30
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