Learn Design Thinking.
Solve real-world challenges.

Learn Design Thinking.
Solve real-world challenges.

WHY DESIGN FOR MIAMI?

In this 10-week course you will learn design thinking and work in teams on design projects targeted toward improving the lives of Miamians living at or below the poverty line. You will get 3 main benefits in this course:

NEW MINDSETS

You will learn & practice the mindsets of design thinking: empathy, prototyping, and fail fast.

SOLVE PROBLEMS

You will work on real-world problems with local partner social organizations.

EXPERIENCE

You will get in-depth experience that will positively impact the way you work outside of class.

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ABOUT DESIGN FOR MIAMI

Design Thinking is a way of solving problems creatively. It is focused on understanding people and is used by some of the world’s most innovative companies – including Apple, AirBnB and Nike.

Design for Miami is based on Stanford University’s cutting-edge Design for Extreme Affordability course, which has spawned successful social ventures such as d.light design, which has given light to millions of people around the world; embrace, which helps keep newborn babes alive and driptech, which helps low income families grow their own food all over the world.

Design Thinking helps you focus on understanding people, leading to unexpected insights and surprising solutions.

OUR PARTNERS INCLUDE

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INSTRUCTORS

MARIANA REGO

DESIGN THINKING MIAMI CO-FOUNDER

Mariana is a business strategist who has applied her problem solving skills in diverse environments – from manufacturing and service design to crisis communication and startup business development. As a facilitator and educator, Mariana has led several design thinking and creativity workshops, including guest lecturing at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to MBA students in the Urban Entrepreneurship course. Mariana brings to projects several years of strategy, finance and communications experience in New York and Zurich, and inspiration from a year of free-wheeling world travel. She’s been to 50 countries (so far).

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SABINA PAREJA-LECAROS

EXPERIENCE AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

Sabina is a versatile and passionate multipotentialite aiming to design meaningful things. Growing up in a mixture of cultures and languages made her curious to explore new behaviors, people and thoughts. She observes everything in detail and enjoy talking with people to discover meaningful insights and unmet needs. She is a user advocate, pushing design research and human-centered design to solve wicked problems. She is a designer that thinks better outloud and enjoys working with energetic groups of people ready to leverage each other.

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DURELL COLEMAN

FOUNDER OF DC DESIGN

Durell Coleman is the founder of DC Design, a design firm that implements the design thinking process to solve problems all over the world. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school). He teaches students from incredibly diverse backgrounds including refugees from Syria, Western Sahara, Palestine and Tibet, corporate executives from Sony, Hitachi, and Fuji Film and students at Stanford University and the International School of Asia in Karuizawa, Japan. He has designed products for villagers in Nicaragua, a freshwater storage system for an island community in Indonesia and is one of the subjects of the PBS documentary: Extreme by Design, which is currently being used as a design thinking teaching aid all over the world.

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KIRAN CARPENTER

STRATEGIST & HCD PRACTITIONER AT SAPIENTRAZORFISH

Kiran is a trained designer and creative strategist who is passionate about making brand experiences, products and services more relevant & meaningful. With over twelve years of experience, she brings to the Design Thinking Miami community her experience in design research, creative strategy and problem solving.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is design thinking?

Design thinking is a way to solve problems creatively. It is:

  • Empathic: people are at the center of the design thinking process. Practitioners develop empathy for those they’re designing for, seeking to understand needs and desired that might not even be articulated yet.
  • Highly creative: practitioners are encouraged to go past the first, second, third solutions to a problem; to break past clichés and self-imposed constraints to thus truly innovate.
  • Iterative: students are encouraged to test early and test often as to avoid wasting time on an idea that seems good on paper, but that falls short in real life.

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What will we be designing?

Projects in the first cohort will address the following design challenge: how might we improve the lives of Miami residents living on or below the poverty line? All project briefs are expected to address this question.

What does it mean to work on projects?

Students will learn design thinking and work in teams on design projects targeted toward Miami’s population living at or below the the poverty line. The design process focuses on identifying and meeting the needs, aspirations, and cultural norms of our underserved communities. The results are a prototype and an implementation plan for a product or service that addresses the design challenge. These projects can have meaningful impacts in Miami’s communities and better position (assist) residents to fully realize their human potential.

How long will the course last?

The course will last 10 weeks (February 28 – May 11, 2017, with one week for Spring Break).

Who is the course designed for?

Design for Miami is made for working professionals that want to learn design thinking, a cutting-edge innovation philosophy, while making our city a better place.

What will I be able to do at the end of this course?

At the end of this course you will be able to apply design thinking to solve problems in your work and projects.

Is the program a credited course? Are any prerequisites required?

Design for Miami is a continuing education non credit course. There are no prerequisites required.

Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

For more information you can contact Design for Miami instructors, Mariana Rego – mariana@dtmstudio.co or Sabina Pareja – plsabina@gmail.com