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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

New Podcast Episode: S1: EP7: Marlon Darbeau

Marlon Darbeau is a designer, the Founder and Creative Director of By-Making, and a collaborator at the Alice Yard art-space initiative.  

New Episode: S1: Ep6: Hello From the Pluriverse: Randall Wilson II

Randall Wilson II is the Design Lead in Digital Messaging at Capital One in Chicago and is the co-creator and creative director of Hue Design Summit, a four-day immersive conference and community for designers of color. Randall is a self-taught designer, and…

New Podcast Episode: S1: Ep5: Jose Cotto

Jose Cotto is the Collaborative Design Project Manager at the Tulane School of Architecture Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design. Among his many responsibilities in the Small Center, he works on various design projects, fosters partnerships with Tulane University…

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 lnoel2@tulane.edu.

Design Thinking Team

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy, Ph.D.

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Lesley-Ann Noel, Ph.D.

Maille Faughnan

Máille Faughnan, Ph.D.

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Max Esperance

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Michaeline Anglemire

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Niesha Ford

Samantha Fleurinor

Samantha Fleurinor

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Shaymaa Abdalal

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Sneha Rout

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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 lnoel2@tulane.edu.

May Design Thinking Breakfast with Glenn Fajardo

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, other designerly approaches to create social impact. Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-design-thinking-breakfast-with-glenn-fajardo-tickets-152716175191 Glenn Fajardo connects to create. He is focused on the question of how we can be creative…

Free

July Design Thinking Breakfast with Lee Kim

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, other designerly approaches to create social impact. Register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/july-design-thinking-breakfast-with-lee-kim-tickets-153039335773 Lee Kim is a designer thinker, an engineer, a poet and a community builder. Outside her 9-5…

Free
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