Workshops with mentors help your members learn design techniques and keep mentors engaged with members while sharing new skills with your studio! Plan workshops with your mentors to cover anything from interviewing tips to cardboard prototyping to giving an elevator pitch.
Output: 1-2 tangible skills that the teams can use from a workshop.
Leadership studio workshops are a great supplement to running workshops with professionals and a way to bring back the lessons your studio learned over the summer to your project teams. The workshops can be run for any topic, even if not all teams are working on the same topic. Ask teams to invite experts or users to help them during the workshop, especially for Ideate or Test. Download the Leadership Studio 2016 workshop slides below:
Liz Kramer, a DFA WashU mentor who runs the Socially Engaged Practice initiatives for the Sam Fox School, supports the studio in many important ways. Besides providing administrative and project support, she utilized her expertise in human-centered design research by facilitating a user research workshop for the DFA studio that included an overall of common techniques and presented the advantages and disadvantages of each. Then the teams went out and conducted their own user research and collectively shared their findings. Liz is a champion for evidence-based solutions and helped the studio understand and practice the activities that are engrained in the DFA process! DFA WashU often engages mentors throughout the year. Rob Morgan, also a studio mentor, ran a prototyping workshop later in the term.