Using the assets in your studio is key to learning and saving resources as the teams kick off the beginning stages of creating solutions!
Output: Teams know the next steps for how they will build their ideas.
At Leadership Studio, DFA National provided a DFA-in-a-box to each studio. This box is full of resources, including post-it notes, markers, play-doh, and even M&M’s for some brain power. DFA teams consider the DFA-in-a-box as a great resource for the Immerse and Build stages!
In the Build stage, DFA teams require a plethora of materials to make both low- and high-fidelity prototypes. If DFA teams are creating physical prototypes, they may need cardboard, foam, dowels, foam, paper, scissors, and glue. DFA RISD|Brown got a bunch of prototyping materials at a cheap price at their local recycling center. You can also consider using scraps at shop spaces and classrooms on campus or asking for donations from other student groups or organizations.
DFA Yale’s Illumiloon team produced a video explaining their idea by using simple materials that represent what a final prototype would be made of and by using renderings in Adobe photoshop to show prototypes in use. The team used this video to enter the 'Design4Disasters' challenge hosted by the Field Innovation Team (FIT) and AIGA. The team won a cash prize, got published by the AIGA, and won a visit to a FIT bootcamp to learn more about implementation. Watch the video here!
DFA Stanford’s Pair Eyewear team tested their idea with a huge number of people by participating in a local Maker Faire. The team used simple cardboard versions of their customizable, child-targeted eyeware and let families make their own glasses with markers. This technique let the team test the customizable feature of their user without having to figure out all the details of a final idea.