Achieving Success with Human-Centered Design
De-Mystifying the Practice of Design Thinking
This course was developed by Christine Albertini and Georgia Everse in partnership with KCAD, and was partially supported by a grant from the Steelcase Foundation.
You’ve heard the buzzwords—design thinking, human-centered design (HCD)—now learn the meaning behind them, and discover new and powerful ways of solving difficult problems and creating opportunities in your organization. This course is appropriate for leaders and high-potential employees from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, working alongside one another.
You will start with a real problem from your organization—a tough problem that defies easy solutions—and throughout the course explore various solutions. You’ll learn to innovate through hands-on mastery of context, methods, and tools of design thinking. Classroom discussions, case studies, and a relevant in-class project, will illuminate content from the lectures. You will leave the course with more than one possible solution to your problem, plus a toolbox of approaches that you can use later. Finish the course as a confident human-centered design practitioner, capable of bridging the gap between design methodology and traditional business practices to create unique and sustainable solutions. Take-home materials will help you integrate the strategies in your organization after the course.
Bring a challenge to the first class (a problem or opportunity that your organization is facing) that could benefit from an HCD perspective.
Instructor: Kathy Glynn is the principal consultant for Blue Sky Thinking. She equips individuals, teams and organizations to find creative ways to solve problems and explore new opportunities. Kathy earned both her Bachelor’s in Business and Master’s in Management from Aquinas College. She has also completed several design-related certificate programs including the Design and Innovation Management Certificate from Kendall College of Art and Design, Design Thinking for Business Innovation from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and Design Thinking Action Lab from Stanford University. She was formerly a senior performance consultant for Steelcase, Inc.See the fall schedule and register online.