Design Methods & Tools

There are many design methods and toolkits available online. A few of my favorites include Berkeley/MIT's curated Design Exchange, IDEO's Design Kit, and Design For America's Loft. At the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre, we are currently working to create a set of Design Innovation (DI) learning modules.

Below, I have included a few of my materials for teaching prototyping, human-centred design, and technical communication. This section is a continuous work-in-progress and I will upload more materials in the future.

 
 
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Prototyping Workshop

I developed prototyping workshop materials to teach undergraduate and graduate engineering students about the importance of prototyping in the design process. This includes a prototyping warm-up activity using MockUps (created by Northwestern's Delta Lab), a 45-minute lecture, and two activities: first using our Prototyping Canvas to recognize assumptions and then planning to build “pretotypes” to test those assumptions and answer specific questions. I recently published a conference paper on the Prototyping Canvas, which you can download here. The goal of this workshop is to fundamentally shift students way of thinking about prototypes and get them into a build to think and fail forward mindset!

 
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Human-Centered Design Workshop

As the founder of CU Boulder's Design for America (DFA) studio, I have taught workshops on the human-centered design (HCD) process to students since 2015. DFA uses an iterative six-step approach that is divided into two main sections: Understand and Create. Within Understand, students learn to identify, immerse, and reframe problems. Within Create, students then ideate, build, and test their solutions. I have adapted DFA's materials to embed them with my own examples and additional tools. Through this process and methodology, we have had numerous successful projects including a patented mobility device in collaboration with Medline.

 
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Enhanced Technical Communication Workshop

I was trained in effective technical communication at Penn State University through the Engineering Ambassadors program. The basis for technical communication comes from Michael Alley's Assertion-Evidence approach. Since then, I have collaborated with Michael Alley and Christine Haas to teach effective communication to Simula and the University of Oslo. I also lead workshops at CU Boulder for engineering graduate students.