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  • Art Institute
    Dallas

  • Intermediate Layout
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  • User Research
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  • UNT

  • Applied Design
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  • SMU

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  • Art Institute
    Houston-North
    & TCU

  • Type III
  • Packaging
  • Art Direction
  • Environmental Design
  • Digital Grids
  • Design Capstone
  • SPDA2030 - Applied Design Thinking class & SPDA2021 Workshop

    This highly interactive class introduces the Design Thinking framework to multi-disciplinary students in the Project, Design and Analysis program. A single business problem is explored through the semester for a deep dive into the people, the business strategy and the ability to problem solve throughout many exercises that explore Empathy for the User.



    Project - To explore Collective Identity through Storytelling

    Cohort 4 students were challenged to understand how storytelling could affect identity of groups, specifically for the Frisco and UNT communities.

    Students were led through deep research as well as design thinking exercises and frameworks to develop the right questions to interview subjects in these communities in order to create an understanding of this driving question.

    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop
    SPDA4021_Fa22 Workshop

    Design Thinking Activities for Storytelling project

    In addition to studying the Balanced Scorecard, students decided which Design Thinking Framework activities needed to be explored to help their group create solutions for the midpoint review and final presentations.

    SPDA2030_Fa22 Workshop

    Class Activities

    Hopes & Fears exercise

    Hopes & Fears exercise

    In Week 1, students were led through this exercise to explore their challenges and goals for the project.

    Competitive Research - Themes

    Competitive Research - Themes

    Students teamed up in three groups to compare keyword research and find themes to help them come together for the 2-Minute Readout.

    Stakeholder Map exercise

    Stakeholder Map exercise

    Working in two groups, each tried to understand the challenges and impact of Stakeholders on their project.


    UNT Oral History visit

    UNT Oral History visit

    Sara Wilson spoke to our Design Thinking class about the UNT Oral History project and their mission to collect the stories of people who've made a difference.

    Empathy Map and themes

    Empathy Map and themes

    Students explored the deeper themes in using the research of storytelling and how people use it to create identity.

    Presentation Kickoff

    Presentation Kickoff

    Starting with the kickoff, students practice presenting with future updates to help define the project parameters and demonstrate project progress.

    Final Presentations to Faculty

    Regular presentations to faculty are used to udpate, to demonstrate the knowledge gained and provide an opportunity to see where students are going with their ideas. Students also get a chance to get focused feedback and practice presenting.



    Cohort 4 Final Presentation

    Cohort 4 Final Presentation

    Cohort 4 Midpoint Presentation

    Cohort 4 Midpoint Presentation