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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

DT Breakfasts: Where Brunch Meets Social Impact

Melissa Fuster, Emily and Solon R. Cole Professor for Social Entrepreneurship,  reflects on big questions and possibilities with local restauranteur. "We spent the morning at Fritai, a Haitian restaurant located in the historic area of Tremé, one of the oldest neighborhoods…

Heidi Rataj to Facilitate March DT Breakfast

Join us for our Next Virtual Design Thinking Breakfast with Heidi Rataj, a leader and facilitator of design and story in health technology who heads the Diabetes Design Initiative at UCSD DesignLab. She blends documentary storytelling and community to co-design for…

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…

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
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

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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

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