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Let’s reimagine Mardi Gras festivities and experiences to improve our resilience and adaptability to changing climate! The Taylor Center’s short DT & Donuts workshop introduces participants to human-centered design (HCD) as a collaborative, creative, information-synthesis process that can generate relevant new ideas, keeping people front and center.
Free and open to the public. We welcome faculty, staff, students and community members. Come alone or bring a friend; we form the teams from the group of participants. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. for welcome coffee and donuts. The workshop activities begin promptly at 12:05 p.m.. Please don’t be late! Be prepared to stay until the end for maximum learning. If you have done the regular paired crash course or another team design workshop before, please join us again – each workshop is different.
We offer two formats:
- Paired crash course: work with a partner (user) to understand and solve a problem for this user related to the big challenge (everyone gets to be a designer AND a user).
- Team design workshop: participants share and synthesize information into some key insights and user groups, then –in small teams– explore and rapidly prototype their way to some potential solutions.
Both formats are fast-paced, hands-on and fun. Learn basic “mindsets” of design thinking emphasizing synthesis, group brainstorming and bodystorming of ideas. By doing (without too much thinking!), you will directly experience how design mindsets bring new, different approaches to understanding and addressing complex problems. We take time at the end to share solutions and reflect on the workshop and learning objectives.