Design Thinking.

 

Highly successful companies, such as Apple, Virgin, Toyota, Nest, and others, innovate continuously because of their culture of design-thinking. When done right, this thinking links inspiration and passion to execution and delivery—positively affecting every facet of multiple products and services.

 

For students to be successful at work, they need to know how designers think when approaching not only graphic design and creative tasks, but also engineering, business, entrepreneurial, and just plain old everyday problem solving tasks. Most of all, students especially need design-thinking skills when working within a team or leading a team. In this course, students undertake a design-centered approach to conceive radical innovative solutions, while creating visions that gets buy-in from instructors and peers. Students learn to create solutions via team based learning that people love both emotionally and intellectually.

 

Students learn to rapidly create and refine a vision for any product or service using a 5-phase approach to align technical and non-technical audiences. In the Multimedia Communications department, we work with Stanford University's Design Thinking For Educators.

 

Please see the below student briefs from both Stanford University and the Multimedia Communications instructional staff.

Think Map

Think Map

Our path to problem solving and innovation.

Ideation

Ideation

We wanted to capture the journeys of the ideation process for a high school audience via the Stanford Mixtape Editions. The current editions were much too text heavy for a high school audience – ages ranging from 14 to 18. We wanted to simplify the existing content starting with the ideation phase. These pieces will live Online, and in printed form as a curriculum aid in our classroom.

Workbook

Workbook

This workbook from Stanford University includes step-by-step instructions for completing a design challenge using the design thinking process. This workbook is a quickstart guide to the design thinking process and is best used in combination with the Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit.

Rubric

Rubric

Our Design Thinking Rubric

Methods

Methods

Stanford's bootcamp bootleg.

Hamsters

Hamsters

To view the hamster cage activity, click here.

Storybook

Storybook

The storybook brief is part of a larger integrated project that ends in the production of both a stop motion video. To view, please click the link below.

Spaghetti

Spaghetti

To view the Spaghetti and Marshmallow Exercise, please click the link below.

5 Chairs

5 Chairs

To view the five chairs activity, click here.

5 Chairs Prompt

5 Chairs Prompt

5 Chairs Prompt - To view the five chairs prompt activity, please click the link below.

Ramen

Ramen

To view the Ramen Noodle activity, click here.

Ramen Sticker Book

Ramen Sticker Book

To view the Ramen Noodle sticker book click here.

Welcome Freshmen

Welcome Freshmen

To view the welcome Freshmen activity, click here.

Wallet

Wallet

Design Thinking presentation from Stanford's D School.

Car Repair

Car Repair

Car Maintenance

Love/Breakup Letter

Love/Breakup Letter

Identity

Identity

Identity and Exploration. Discover Yourself.

To view the results of some of the above projects click the icons below:

 

Love/Breakup Letters
bvt multimedia

www.valleytech.k12.ma.us

 

 

Our design thinking (problem solving) course is  based on Stanford Universty's Design School (d school). The d school is a hub for innovators at Stanford. Students and faculty in engineering, medicine, business, law, the humanities, sciences, and education find their way here to take on the world’s messy problems together. We know that our students at BVT will have no problem tackling these problems too.

 

http://dschool.stanford.edu

 

 

"Design Thinking Projects and Challenges." Design Thinking Projects and Challenges. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 February 2015.

 

All images courtesy of The Noun Project