Studio Outline

Design Process


 Learning Objectives


  • Initial Survey & platform on-boarding

  • Learn about the interdisciplinary, experiential Studio model

Studio Intro

  • Coach Introduction 

  • Studio Overview 

  • Develop a design vocabulary

  • Understand design concepts introduced in the Studio

Intro Activity

  • Enable & Disable 

  • Empathy Building

  • Creative Perspective: develop new modes of thought 

  • Rapid Prototyping

  • Collaboration

Precedent Analysis

  • Precedents

  • Problem solving and analyzing information

  • Making accurate inferences of unstated values and beliefs


  • Independent/Collective Brainstorming

  • Sketching: Effective Visual Communication

  • Communicate ideas effectively through application of concepts 

  • Develop a discernment for conceptual v. technical goals of the project

  • Collaboration and Teamwork: Active listening, deliberation, negotiation, consensus building, and productive use of conflict


  • Studio Library: Primary Sources 

  • Desk Critiques (Ideas Development & Refinement)

  • Actively and skillfully evaluating and applying information gathered from observation, experience, reflection, reasoning or communication with awareness as a guide to intention and action

Sketch Modeling

  • Rapid Prototyping Techniques

  • Iterations

  • Storyboarding

  • Demonstrating acquired skills

  • Ability to effectively relate concepts, processes, intentions, and actions through discussion, oration, and presentation

  • Practice effective oral and visual communication

Midpoint Presentations

  • Presentation Prep

  • Critique and Feedback

  • Develop a rigorous and consistent documentation of work to increase self-awareness regarding design process

  • Effectively communicate process and products to collaborators, coaches and public viewers

Iterative Design

  • Incorporating feedback to your design

  • Desk Critiques

  • Synthesize feedback

  • Keep an open mind, be receptive to peer feedback and constructive critique

  • Ability to reassess conceptual intention based on evidence uncovered in the iterative process.

Advanced Prototyping

  • Digital Fabrication Techniques

  • Applying concepts & demonstrating acquired skills, with emphasis on tools and methodology


  • Technical Rendering

  • Software (Rhino/Illustrator) 

  • Practice technical literacy, establish comfort with using new tools and technology 


  • Introduction to Electronics

  • Anticipate user interactions, outcomes, and effect

Final Presentation

  • Final Documentation

  • Presentation Prep

  • Reflection and communication

  • Effective communication of ideas and designs through oration, diagramming, and organizational presentation