The best way to learn design innovation and human-centered design is by doing! Help new members immerse in projects quickly by giving a broad overview of the process before they dive into the details. This helps them anticipate goals to shoot for and possible roadblocks, which helps your leadership team and mentors provide helpful support along the way.
Output: Teams have an overview of the design process and the resources available to help make design decisions.
DFA MSU spent an afternoon running a bootcamp for DFAers to understand the design process. They worked with people with Cerebral Palsy to help students empathize with their needs, and then ideated and built solutions. Watch the video here!
DFA Duke ran a 2-day mini-leadership studio (4-hours total) for all their teams using the slides from Leadership Studio 2015. They choose the topic of engaging girls in STEM. The studio invited experts and had team members call family and friends to do secondary research on the topic and had their community partner attend the final idea presentations.
To adjust the workshops to fit the 4-hour time limit, they changed the number of outputs needed for each step and adjusted the time spent on each activity. Download their slides here.