Interactive Workshops

Interactive workshops provide an overview of the human centered design process and give participants hands-on opportunities to practice the tools of human centered design. As always, our focus is on equity-based human centered design.

Workshops can transform participants who have never before heard of human centered design into designers who are eager to test out human centered design in their work and communities. The best way to train organizational staff and community members so that they are equipped to facilitate the human centered design process themselves, however, is by hiring us to facilitate a human centered design process with your staff and community. In our design facilitation, we use a “learning by doing” approach that is most effective for the type of knowledge required for successful and equitable human centered design.

1 hour workshop

Our short workshop gives participants an overview of the human centered design process–with an emphasis on how equity-based human centered design differs from traditional, corporate-based human centered design. Participants are able to practice a handful of human centered design tools (eg. journey mapping) through hands-on activities related to a hypothetical design challenge.

Check out a recording of a 1 hour workshop we were invited to give at the 2020 Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit conference, titled “Imagining a Future Designed by Sexworkers.”

2.5 day workshop

In our in-depth human centered design immersive workshops, we support participants to use the human centered design process to address a major challenge related to their work and their communities. We guide them through the entire human centered design process so that by the end of two and a half days, participants not only better understand human centered design but also have a low fidelity prototype ready to integrate into their work.

Check out a case study of a 2.5 day participatory workshop we led in Uganda in which members of a Community Advisory Board designed prototypes for community-led public health research. Though most participants had never heard of human centered design when they entered the workshop, within less than 3 days they were engaged in spontaneous, animated debates over the pros and cons of respective prototyping methods, excitedly planning how to incorporate human centered design into their work, and presenting their prototypes back to their communities: