Design Thinking Boutique


Create Something Amazing

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Design Thinking Boutique


Create Something Amazing

You Love Design

We Love Helping Designers

Design is an important part of who you are - personally and professionally. You feel lucky that you can rely on your creativity and ingenuity to earn a living. But, some days, loving design is not enough. You get tired, uninspired, and bob up and down in the creative doldrums. Caffeine doesn't really help - nor do cookies. It's as if your creativity is iron deficient, but do not despair. Design Thinking Boutique is very much like a juicy filet. Our products, classes and consulting help remind you why you fell in love with design in the first place and give you the inspiration, information, and motivation to transform ideas into reality on a regular basis.

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Our Upcoming Design Thinking Workshop

We believe that all the solutions to the world's problems are locked in our brains, and Design Thinking is a skeleton key that can release them. Get a copy of this key! Join our workshop designed to bring fun, joy, laughter, and honesty back into your design process. Learn more...

In Development

Our First Product, AHA MOMENT CARDS

Stuck on a design problem? Aha Moment Cards™ will help you find a way out. They are designed to unstick, inspire, and bring the fun back into your work. We are currently in development, and we would love to have your help. Get involved in user research...

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Aha Moment Cards™


Design Thinking Exercises For Inspiration & Overcoming Creative Blocks

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Aha Moment Cards™


Design Thinking Exercises For Inspiration & Overcoming Creative Blocks

Our First Product is In Development

AHA MOMENT CARDS are on their way

Creative work is supposed to be fun, but getting stuck is not. Sadly, getting stuck happens frequently for those who rely upon their creativity and ingenuity to do their work. We are designing Aha Moment Cards to unstick us, inspire us, and add the fun back into our work quickly, easily, and enjoyably. They are particularly well suited for design professionals, but anyone can benefit from using them.

Help Us Make the AHA MOMENT CARDS

We have built the Creativity Questionnaire to help us gather data for our forthcoming product, Aha Moment Cards. By filling out the Creativity Questionnaire, you will be helping fellow designers practice human-centered design so that what is made actually works for the end user. We will keep respondents in the loop as we get closer to launch. Thank you for your time and support!

Creativity Questionnaire

Thank You For Your Insights

Design Thinking Workshop


March 18th, 2015 6:30 - 9:00pm, 500 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

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Design Thinking Workshop


March 18th, 2015 6:30 - 9:00pm, 500 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP

Creative Yet Practical Problem Solving - What's Not To Love?

Design Thinking is a formal method for creative yet practical problem solving and solution generation. The concept of design as a way of thinking about the world, rather than simply of way of making things, has existed since the mid-1960s. Since then, a number of Design Thinking models have cropped up. Although there are small differences between each model, all models have in common the following: research, working with end users, empathy, open-mindedness, optimism, exploration of multiple possible solutions, prototyping and testing, and constant ideation and iteration. Design as a profession, trade, and or craft can take a lifetime to master, but anyone with a willingness to try Design Thinking can very quickly use and benefit from this method.

This workshop will include an ice-breaking Design Thinking exercise, followed by a brief overview of Design Thinking. We will then take part in two consecutive break-out sessions, where small groups will carry out clearly specified (and fun) Design Thinking exercises. Finally, attendees will, as a group, discuss their experiences and how they intend to apply what they have learned to their designs and processes. 

Ashley designed this workshop with the intention of bringing fun, joy, laughter, and honesty back into the design process. So many people step into the professional design world because of their love of design, which makes the loss of this love due to personal conflict, corporate red-tape, unabashed pursuit of profit, and or big egos very depressing. It seems that when groups of designers and stakeholders come together to solve design problems, brainstorm, and or ideate, it becomes a competition for the title of Highest IQ in the Room, and everyone looses sight of the design, the problem they are trying to solve, and the people they are trying to help. Ashley sees Design Thinking methods and exercises as a way of orchestrating these meetings so that groups of designers and stakeholders can love their jobs again, get along with their teams (perhaps for the first time), and accomplish what they set out to do, which is to make the world a better place through the things we make. Finally, Ashley believes that all the solutions to the world's problems are locked in our brains, and Design Thinking is a skeleton key that can unlock them. She wants to give you a copy of that key, because she can't save the world by herself. 

WHEN & Where

Wednesday, March 18th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
500 Yale Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

PRICE

$35

TAKEAWAYS

  • An understanding of what Design Thinking is
  • An understanding of how to "do" Design Thinking
  • Confidence that you will be able to apply Design Thinking techniques to your current designs and processes
  • To be re-invigorated and re-inspired about your designs and your job
  • To get along with your team
  • To never worry again about who has the highest IQ on your team
  • To learn how to create work and team environments where breadth-first rather than depth-first processing exists so that creative solutions to design problems can flow freely like lemmings following their strong biological urges to migrate
  • To progress a work related or back-burner design 

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