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What is Life Design?

Drawing from the fields of career education, psychology, and design thinking, Life Design is a creative, iterative, human-centered problem-solving methodology that can be applied to navigate change and transition throughout life. 

Here at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, our approach to life design is focused on changemaking, the belief that individuals in any position can work toward positive social change. We teach life design as a tool for students to navigate their transition from college to the working world, but life design can be applied to any arena you wish to explore and change in life.

Our life design offerings at Tulane University include the undergraduate courses Taylor Your Tulane (for first-year students) and Taylor Your Life , as well as a 5-week life design workshop series for graduate and doctoral, TYL4Grads. 

If you are an educator interested in bringing Life Design Education to your school, campus, or classroom, we have made our Taylor Your Life Educator Materials free to educators worldwide.  Our life design curricula is created and led by Julia Lang.

Taylor Your Tulane: For First Year College Students

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I came into this semester not having any idea of what I wanted to do and not really informing myself of what I had opportunity to do…now, all my thoughts have become more organized.

I have a sense of where I am going [and that] I was technically the only thing holding me back from a lot of opportunities.

Read about Taylor Your Tulane for First Year Students

Taylor Your Life: For Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Taylor Your Life has altered my perception of the job search process intensely and even of life planning in general, outside of the workplace.

The curriculum emphasized the importance of being open to new opportunities and doing what truly speaks to you instead of simply doing what you or other people believe you should do.

Learn about Taylor Your Life for Sophs, Jrs & Srs

Resources for Educators

Interested in bringing Life Design Education to your school, campus, or classroom?

The Taylor Your Life curriculum is free to educators interested in using design thinking to map “changemaking” career tracks.

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Life Design Education News

Life Design Materials reach 1600 global learners in 2023/2024

In the 2023-2024 school year, our life design materials were used by 40 different institutions of higher education to support over 1600 faculty, students and staff in designing their lives. Read about their experiences with our life design curricula below:…

Welcome Nichole Valenzuela

Welcome our newest Life Design instructor, Nichole Valenzuela. Valenzuela is currently serving as the Assistant Director for Immersions and Interprofessional Education in Academic Affairs. She holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from Black Hills State University, where she…

Welcome Blake Lewis

Blake Lewis is a Senior Academic & Career Advisor for undergraduate students in Newcomb-Tulane College. He primarily focuses on students in science, engineering, and business. Blake has worked as a Student Affairs professional for six years, in Academic Advising and…

Life Design Education Program Team Members

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Julia Lang, M.S.

Wendy Leblanc smiles at the camera wearing a blue shirt.

Wendy LeBlanc , MSW

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Jada Buckner

Abby Lukens smiling wearing a blue shirt.

Abby Lukens, M.Ed.

Shaina Spector smiling wearing a denim button-up shirt.

Shaina Spector, MS, PLCP, NCC

Image of Taylor Your Life Instructor Sarah Berger

Sarah Berger

An image of Lee Simples-Barnes, a Taylor Your Life Course Instructor

LeShawn Simplis-Barnes, MPA

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Liz Langlois

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Shallene Joseph

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Emily Riemer

Rosie Yates, Taylor Your Life Instructor

Rosie Yates

Learning from Leaders in Life Design Education

TAYLOR Your Life was created after conducting extensive research in the field on best practices and current trends in innovative career development curriculum creation, including:

We redesigned our curriculum in 2020 to intentionally center diverse voices and create a more equitable and inclusive curriculum. Read more about our curriculum redesign and see an overview of TYL curriculum.

Read About Taylor Your Life

Want to Learn More?

  • Interested in colloboration or dicussing life design?
  • Email Julia Lang at
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