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Taylor offers multiple programming opportunities for Tulane students, faculty and staff, and community members to learn the mindsets and methods of design thinking (human-centered design).

A design thinking mindset puts people at the heart of understanding, experimenting and acting when addressing challenges.

Human-centered designers notice opportunities, ask better questions, identify various stakeholders, try new ideas, and dare to imagine a different world.

Design Thinking News

Come Work With Us

The Taylor Center is currently seeking candidates for both faculty and graduate assistant positions in social innovation, marketing & communications and design thinking. Submit your application materials or contact us at for more information. Faculty Positions Professor of Practice…

Integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into social innovation education: a case study of critical service-learning

New Taylor Center publication! Integrating equity, diversity, and inclusion into social innovation education: a case study of critical service-learning In an article for the Social Enterprise Journal, Professors Rebecca Otten and Máille Faughnan, Taylor Program Manager Samantha Fleurinor, and 2020-2021…

Life Design Teaching and Training Opportunity for Tulane Staff & Faculty

New Life Design Teaching and Training Opportunity The Taylor Center and School of Architecture recently announced an exciting opportunity for staff and faculty at Tulane to learn about and potentially teach life design courses at Tulane over the next few years,…

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking is used by organizations around the world to generate new ideas for schools, offices, organizations, and communities—creating better experiences, systems, and services.

In Taylor design thinking workshops and trainings, you will learn to:

  • Visualize and share issues and ideas with others
  • Work collaboratively, inspiring others and engaging communities
  • Be more creative
  • Define and re-frame problems
  • Use rapid prototyping to counteract “analysis paralysis”
  • Practice a “bias to action”
  • Consider distinct end-users and different points of view

Human centered design brought us:

  • the computer mouse
  • touch screens and graphical user interfaces (GUI)
  • better micro-solar energy products and services
  • mobile-phone based financial services
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Design Thinking Badges

  • Did you know you can earn badges when you do our workshops?
  • The Taylor Design Thinking team sends an Introduction to Design Thinking Credly badge on Linkedin to people who attend our workshops. You can share this badge on your LinkedIn profile or via social media.
  • Interested in learning more about attending a Taylor design thinking workshop? Contact Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel at

Design Thinking Team

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Chris Daemmrich

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy, Ph.D.

Maille Faughnan

Máille Faughnan, Ph.D.


Marguerite Sheffer, Ed.D.

Get Involved

Tulane students, faculty, staff, and community members can learn design thinking with us.

To get involved, email Associate Director of Design Thinking Marguerite Sheffer at

Latest Past Events

Design Thinking Breakfast with Marguerite Sheffer

Virtual Event

Join us this Wednesday, July 27, as we discuss What trauma-informed design thinking might look like?- with Marguerite Sheffer, the new Associate Director of Design Thinking for Social Impact at the Taylor Center. In this session, we will examine traditional…

Design Thinking Breakfast with Le’Kedra Robertson

MIC-AMPED 3301 Freret St, New Orleans

Register on Eventbrite: Le'Kedra Robertson, founder of the Milne Inspiration Center (MIC-AMPED), is committed to increasing opportunities and decreasing unproductive behaviors that often lead youth to crime through arts, culture, education, and social entrepreneurship. As a social entrepreneur, youth/community…

Design Thinking Breakfast with Dr. Jelagat Cheruiyot

MGIC CHEIFS' GARDEN 2608 Lasalle Street, New Orleans

Register on Eventbrite to ensure your spot!: About this event Dr. D. Jelagat Cheruiyot is a professor of practice in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. Dr. Cheruiyot teaches a number of courses including diversity…

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