Introduction to Design Thinking

Design thinking has gone from a skillset used by technicians with specialized design practices to a fundamental skillset in problem solving. This five-part workshop series delivered by the Brock LINC will introduce the five stages of the design thinking process in an interactive and activity-based format.

The program will consist of 5 workshops on the following topics:

  • Tuesday May 17, 90 minutes: Design Thinking Overview
  • Tuesday May 24, 75 minutes: Introduction to Empathy
  • Tuesday May 31, 75 minutes: Introduction to Define
  • Tuesday June 7, 75 minutes: Introduction to Ideate
  • Tuesday June 14, 75 minutes: Introduction to Prototype + Test

This program will be a participation based learning experience where participant involvement and engagement will be required. Further details and specific materials will be provided to registered participants before the event in order to set participants up for success.

Design Thinking Overview

Date: Tuesday May 17, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:30pm
Location: Virtually, Online

The first workshop of the Introduction to Design Thinking program will provide a high level overview and introduction to the Design Thinking Process. In this workshop you will learn about the value that a design thinking approach can have to problem solving.

Introduction to Empathy

Date: Tuesday May 24, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:15pm
Location: Virtually, Online

In the Introduction to Empathy workshop, participants will develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and have the opportunity to practice the Empathy stage of Design Thinking. Through activities such as user interviews, participants will be able to learn and apply more in-depth knowledge about the empathy process and methodologies for Design Thinking.

Introduction to define

Date: Tuesday May 31, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:15pm
Location: Virtually, Online

In the Introduction to Define workshop, participants will develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and have the opportunity to practice the Define stage of Design Thinking. Through activities involving clustering and root cause analysis, participants will be able to learn and apply more in-depth knowledge about the define process and methodologies of Design Thinking.

Introduction to Ideate

Date: Tuesday June 7, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:15PM
Location: Virtually, Online

In the Introduction to Ideate workshop, participants will develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and have the opportunity to practice the Ideate stage of Design Thinking. Through activities involving visual and reverse brainstorming, participants will be able to learn and apply more in-depth knowledge about the ideate process and methodologies of Design Thinking.

Introduction to Prototype + Test

Date: Tuesday June 14, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:15pm
Location: Virtually, Online

In the Introduction to Prototype + Test workshop, participants will develop a deeper knowledge, understanding and have the opportunity to practice the Prototype + Test stages of Design Thinking.  Through activities such as prototype interviews, participants will be able to learn and apply more in-depth knowledge about the prototype and testing process and methodologies of Design Thinking.

Katherine Porter

Katherine is an educator, entrepreneur, and designer with deep expertise in design thinking, corporate innovation, and design strategy. In 2013 Katherine attended the Rhode Island School of Design on scholarship to receive a Master of Design. Since then, she has worked in some of the world’s leading design firms (Gensler Architecture + Design) and has practiced design thinking and creative problem solving at some of the world’s leading management consulting firms (Doblin, Deloitte Greenhouse). In 2019 Katherine won the National James Dyson award for her invention – a discreet, wearable heat pack for menstrual pain. In 2020 she left the corporate world to commercialize the idea through starting her company Undu Wearables. She now works as a freelance innovation consultant with Communitech and The Wujec Group, while building her business. In addition to her work in industry, Katherine has attended leading incubator programs at MaRS, and held teaching positions at Appleby College, Ryerson University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Email Cassie Price, Program Manager, Brock LINC at cprice2@brocku.ca with any questions about the Introduction to Design Thinking Program.

Registration for this program has now closed.