The whiteboard has been quiet the past two weeks, giving us time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the academic year to come. But the d.school community has not been silent. The students and fellows may be gone, but the d.school hums on with activities both past, present and future. Here's a summer of some of our community's activities:
#dchat: Building your summer #designthinking community - June 15, 6pm PT
We won't have #dchat this week, but next week, July 15 at 6pm, we'll be back with #dchat on design in the summer months. What are you working on? What do you need or want help with? This will be a casual, laid back #dchat focused on you and helping to foster your design thinking community as we head into next year. I'll be your host. Feel free to start sending your questions and comments, just sign into Twitter and search for the #dchat hashtag.
Open workshop on design thinking: We're fully booked!
If you're wondering about our public design thinking workshop this month, we're fully booked, so we are no longer accepting attendees. Thanks to everyone for your interest!
#BreakerBOI makes front page of Idaho Statesman: Congrats to K12 Lab!
The K12 Lab has been busy this summer, working with Project Breaker to conduct #BreakerBOI, a design challenge for young people in Boise, Idaho this past June. The challenge was centered around the question: "What is the future of stuff?" The event made the front page of the Idaho Statesman, and I highly recommend checking out the #tagboard to get up to speed on this unique and inspiring event.
Design your life: A discussion hosted by The Bold Italic
In June, I moderated a discussion hosted by The Bold Italic on life hacking, or the incorporation of design principles into your everyday life. In case you missed it, Devin Holt has a nice recap of the discussion over at The Bold Italic. I hope you find the discussion as enlightening as I did -- particularly the ways in which design can be incorporated into one's financial life. I'm always open to more suggestions, tips, pointers and, of course, prototypes. So, please send them along! (The Bold Italic)
The Knight Civic-Media Conference
Also in June, Justin Ferrell, the d.school's Director of Fellowships, and I attended the Knight Civic-Media Conference at the MIT Media Lab -- a gathering of journalists, developers, designers, philanthropists and other invited guests active in and around the civic space. Knight News Challenge and Knight Prototype Fund award recipients were announced, and I held a brief empathy exercise with those in the general audience. (Knight Foundation)