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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.

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

Design Thinking Programming

Design Dialogues

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Design Justice Happy Hour

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Design Thinking 101

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Design Thinking Consultation

Beyond public programming, we offer visioning sessions facilitated by our Design Thinking Team. Our consulting services are adapted to meet your organization’s needs and help you build greater capacity. These sessions are best for organizations working on social issues, and are by request only. Each sessions last approx. 2 hours and there is potential for follow-up. For more information please contact us at

Recent organizations include: NOPL ALE, 826 NOLA, Liberty’s Kitchen, NTC

Latest Past Events

Brain Brunch

Join us to explore a problem-solving technique that puts people at the center. In this fast-paced workshop, you will try on skills like empathy and creativity to solve an everyday problem. Join us for food and fun as you take…

Design Thinking Breakfast with Don Fraser Jr. and Miriam Swords Kalk

Virtual Event

Casual breakfast series to meet new folks, practice using design, design thinking, and other designerly approaches to advance social impact.   This is an online event. To access the event, click "Go to the event" on your ticket. This will…

Design Thinking Breakfast with Shawhin Roudbari

Virtual Event

Join us Friday, October 21st, as we host a virtual Design Thinking Breakfast with an assistant professor in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado Boulder, Shawhin Roudbari! Design Thinking Breakfast is a monthly series to meet new folks and…

An aqua circle "badge" with text in white print that reads: "Introduction to Design Thinking Taylor Tulane University."

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 us at

Design Thinking Team

Image of Alex Widman, Design Thinking Graduate Assistant in the Taylor Center

Alex Widman

Image of Gabrielle Mollineau, Taylor Center Design Thinking Graduate Assistant

Gabrielle Mollineau


Marguerite Sheffer, Ed.D.

Image of Theresa Dempsey, Graduate Assistant for the Taylor Center

Theresa Dempsey

Design Thinking News

Taylor Welcomes Rae Stevenson & Asia-Vinae Palmer

In August The Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking welcomed Rae Stevenson and Asia-Vinae Palmer to the Team. Rae Stevenson, Ph.D., joins the Taylor Center as a Visiting Assistant Professor, bringing her distinctive blend of social science research…

Taylor Impact 2022-2023

Throughout the year the Taylor Team has been working collectively to foster greater social impact and empower changemakers on campus and in the New Orleans community. Check out our annual report. Taylor Impact Report by Tulane Taylor Center

April Design Thinking Breakfast

Join us for our next Design Thinking Breakfast  Click here for the link to register. The April DT Breakfast will feature facilitator Ricardo Millhouse of The Design School at Arizona State University! Ricardo (he, they), teaches urban design and interior architecture in The Design School at…

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

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