Design-Thinking Workshops

Event date: 
September 22, 2012 - 11:00am - 7:00pm
Cornish College of the Arts, Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora St
Seattle, WA
United States
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IxDA Seattle
Event description: 

As part of the 2012 Seattle Design Festival, IxDA Seattle and Puget Sound SIGCHI are excited to offer a day of design-thinking workshops. Join us on Saturday, September 22, 2012 for one, two or all three hands-on workshops. 

The workshops received high praise during the 2010 Make-a-thon and 2011 HIVE conference.  If you didn't get a chance to attend then, consider signing up now.

Students receive 50% off the cost of workshops.  Volunteers can attend for free (see details below.)

Waste Not!

September 22, 2012 | 10:00 to 11:30
Presented by Nikki Pfarr, Design Researcher & Strategist at Artefact

Why do people throw out things they know are recyclable? Why does a smiley face on an energy bill change usage habits? In this workshop, learn how insights from behavioral economics and cognitive psychology can help us nudge people toward more sustainable and environmentally friendly habits.

General Price $20
Student Price $10
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Designing For the Future

September 22, 2012 | 1:00 to 3:00
Presented by Ming-Li Chai, Strategic Design Researcher at Microsoft

As leaders, practitioners and designers who operate in rapidly changing environments, how do we make sense of trends, stay ahead of the curve, recognize an opportunity when it happens, and take advantage of it in our pursuit of future solutions? In this workshop, we will share a mindset and a toolset to help you factor in the future when you create design strategies today.

General Price $20
Student Price $10


Sensory Deprivation for Breakthrough Innovation

September 22, 2012 | 3:30 to 5:00
Presented by Joyce Chou, Design Program Manager at Microsoft

The way we interact with technology is rapidly evolving beyond the touch of a screen or button. Mobile phones enable a whole new world of interaction behavior that leverage gestures and movements, where people can use the motion of either bodies or objects. This workshop looks at ways to design new mobile features and products that use more than just touch, sight, and sound.

General Price $20
Student Price $10

3 Design Workshops Bundle

All three workshops sound great?  Sign up for all and make a day of it!
General Price $45 (save 25%)
Student Price $30

Volunteers Needed

We have several volunteer roles that need to be filled during the festival from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 23.  Roles include helping with the Hipstamatic Show cargo container (an installation of the Design Block) as well as with the workshops.  Shifts average four hours and several time slots are available.

For each volunteer shift you sign up for, you will be able to attend one workshop at no charge.

If you are interested, please email Cathie Toshach ( for more details.

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