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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

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,…

Reflecting on a Year as a Remote Design Thinking Graduate Assistant

The academic year 2020 - 2021 was an interesting challenge and experiment in working and building community remotely. The Taylor Center's 2020-2021 Graduate Assistants in Design Thinking for Social Impact learned many pros and cons of working remotely and running…

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.

Samantha Fleurinor

Samantha Fleurinor

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Get Involved

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

To get involved, email Associate Director of Design Thinking Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel at

Latest Past Events

November Design Thinking Breakfast with Edward Wycliff

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: Edward Wycliff is the founder and designer of an ethical apparel line called Bow Shoeshoe (“Shway-Shway”).  Wycliff grew up in Third Ward. He moved to upstate New York and earned a BA in Politics at Ithaca College, before earning…


November Design Thinking Breakfast with Michelle Barrett + Chris Daemmrich

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: Review Presentation Materials Here: Emergent Grounds: Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE) is a collective of interdisciplinary and intergenerational makers and thinkers facilitating the process of cultural reconciliation in the United States through design education…

August Design Thinking Breakfast with Woodrow W. Winchester, III, PhD, CPEM

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, other designerly approaches to create social impact. Register on Eventbrite: View materials after the workshop here: Woodrow W. Winchester, III, PhD, CPEM is the Director of…

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