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  • Art Institute
    Dallas

  • Intermediate Layout
  • Intermediate Web
  • Fundamentals of Web
  • User Research
  • Interface Design
  • Information Arch.
  • Type Hierarchy
  • Type Expressive
  • Art Direction
  • Corporate Identity
  • Design Team
  • Advanced Layout
  • Design Capstone
  • UNT

  • Design Principles
  • Design Thinking
  • Team Creativity
  • Project Mgmt Lab
  • SMU

  • Sp2022 Spacee
  • Fa2021 Cariloop
  • Su2021 Garland PD
  • Sp2021 Spacee
  • Wi2020 SmoothApps
  • SMU UX Portfolio
  • Art Institute
    Houston-North
    & TCU

  • Type III
  • Packaging
  • Art Direction
  • Environmental Design
  • Digital Grids
  • Design Capstone
  • Team Creativity - SPDA3320

    This fourth Connections class, Team Creativity, elevates previous experiences to allow students to manage self-directed groups to solve real-world issues with our partner company.

    The final project assembles all of the research, innovations, rough and finished ideas, storyboards and metrics for success culminating with a portfolio project that demonstrates the wide range of talents each student brings to the partner project and UNT's PDA program.



    Spring 2022

    Cohort 2 students were challented to manage self-directed groups in using the Design Thinking framework. Students also shared leadership roles in facilitating Design Thinking activities to practice managing group projects. Their project this semester was to do deep dives for innovation into two specific areas of Sam's Club - for the Wine and Pet departments.

    Students were challenged to interact with our project partner, Jonathan Saffian, Product Manager of Innovation at Sam's Club, in and out of the classroom setting to develop the right questions to push projects and solutions forward.

    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity
    SPDA3300 Team Creativity

    Final Portfolio Case Studies

    Students activities included rapid ideation and weekly group reviews using the Six Thinking Hats to get feedback to constantly review and improve their individual ideas.


    Cudmore: Sam's Personalized Shopping

    Simonne Cudmore: Members Bark

    Brandon Williams: Sam's Connect

    Brandon Williams: Paw Pack

    Richardson: Sam's Digital Card

    Sophia Richardson: Sam's Pets Club

    Aggarwal: Digital Membership

    Kush Aggarwal: Pets Membership

    Shyla Oommen: Pets Membership

    Shyla Oommen: Pets Membership

    The Forum

    Steven Judson: All-in-One Pet Service

    Final Presentations to Sam's Club

    This class connected with SPDA3221, a workshop class taught by Dr. Clinton Purtell taught in tandem with SPDA3220 to explore outside resources through guest speakers and our partner. Students presented to the Sam's Club C-suite partners and their faculty at the end of the program.



    Team Harmony: Members Bark

    Team Harmony: Members Bark

    PPT Presentation
    Presentation Recording


    Team Shelton: Boozy Boxes e-Gifts

    Team Shelton: Boozy Boxes e-Gifts

    PPT Presentation
    Presentation Recording
    Executive Summary

    Team Astra: All-in-One

    Team Astra: All-in-One

    PPT Presentation
    Presentation Recording


    Class Activities

    Sams Club visit photos

    Sams Club visit photos

    In Week 1, students were led on tours of the club by our partner, Jonathan Saffian, for their initial research and question opportunity for the project.

    Six Looking Glasses

    Six Looking Glasses

    This Week 2 exercise was like a design inspection, to examine the environment designed for with different "lenses" or mindsets.

    Ingredients for Innovation

    Ingredients for Innovation

    This Week 2 exercise was to help students think about researching innovation in other industries to help create new ways of thinking for our partner's challenges.

    Cohort 3: UNT Marketing presentation

    Final Presentation Day

    Cohort 2 dressed to impress for their final presentation of the Spring semester. This 'Shark Tank' type of presentation allowed for a maximum of 10 minutes per group to allow time for questions from the C-Suite panel from Sam's Club.

    Jonathan Saffian, Product Manager of Innovation at Sam's Club and our project partner, introduced the participants before the presentations started. Along with members of Sam's Club, UNT faculty also asked follow-up questions specific to their classes demonstrating how all classes interact with and support the Connections courses for the Project, Design and Analysis degree.

    Group Activities

    These online workspaces allowed the teams to use the Design Thinking framework to work together through the various exercises that create their solutions. Student groups had expansive, self-directed exercises in Mural boards that explored Journey Maps, Personas and Impact/Feasability for their many ideas.

    Team 1: Cudmore Wine Mural board

    Cudmore Wine Mural board

    Cudmore Pets Mural board  View here.

    Team 2: Judson Wine Mural board

    Judson Wine Mural board

    Judson Pets Mural board  View here.

    Team 3: Shelton Wine Mural board

    Shelton Wine Mural board

    Shelton Pets Mural board  View here.

    Team 4: Pagano Wine Mural board

    Pagano Wine Mural board

    Pagano Pets Mural board  View here.

    Team 5: Cepica Pets Mural board

    Cepica Pets Mural board

    Cepica Pets App Mural board  View here.