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Sep 21
Sep 21
Sep 21
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6Welcome to DT Philly and thank you for uploading a team logo! Don't forget to tell us a little bit about your team and have your teammates log in and update their avatars to earn 4 more points for this activity. If you need some help getting started, here are some things you could tell us: who you are, what makes your team special, if your team has a saying or slogan, and something you think the world needs that hasn't been invented yet.
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16Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint and encourage you to use the same creativity on your DT Philly project! Remember the tips we gave you about how to do each stage of your design thinking project, and let us know if you have questions or need help at any point.
Oct 5
Oct 5
Thanks for taking a walk in Jamal's shoes to understand how life is more complicated for people with dyslexia. How did it make you feel to try to read that text? Did you feel any pressure because it was hard to do it quickly? Understanding how a problem impacts people--the frustrations they have and the things they have to do to deal with the problem--is an important part of design research. Remember this, and think about how you could empathize with the people you're designing for in DT Philly!
Oct 5
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10Wow, racism is a really huge problem! Trying to solve it "in the world" might be hard gven that you only have a few months to work on this before your DT Philly presentations, but if you start making change locally, it can spread through the people you impact. We're concerned that your challenge might be a bit too broad for you to tackle it successfully, so It might be helpful to define your project a bit more specifically. Is there a time or a place where racism is more noticeable in your lives? When or where is that? What does it prevent you from doing? If you solved this problem, what would you be able to do that you can't do now? Including specifics along these lines will help define your problem and focus your work.
Oct 12
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6We couldn't tell from the pictures you submitted how you described your problem in your rich picture. Racism is a widespread issue...it might help make your project more manageable if you focus on racism in a specific place and/or with a specific group of people. This will make it easier to learn about the people who are involved, the environment, and whether any solutions have been tried. It will also make it easier to try out different solution ideas (when you get to that stage of your project) and see how well they work to reduce or eliminate the problem. Upload a clear photo of your complete rich picture to earn more points for this activity.
Nov 2
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This looks more like part of your research plan than your user profiles. See the bag in your activity kit to find the materials to complete this activity.
Oct 19
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It looks like you wanted to upload something, but no text or images came through. Would you like to try again?
Nov 2
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This looks like your research plan, not your research findings. Have you been doing the things you outlined here to help you research your problem? If so, then you probably have some research findings to share. See your playbook for instructions about how to do this activity, and submit the requested information to earn points.
Nov 9
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10Thank you for completing this year's Scavenver Hunt. You got 5 of the 6 answers correct. We will share your question with Mr. Byer and see what response he might have for you. Don't forget to check the notices section (the pink box at the top of your team page) from time to time and read the new announcements. We left you a few questionnaires that we'd love to have you answer if you can. Just for fun we also left a riddle there for your Scavenger Hunt.
Dec 7
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20Thank you for taking a few minutes to reflect on your project and look for places where you might be making assumptions or missing something important. We haven’t seen any of your research findings, your discovery chart, or your brainstorming, so we’re not sure what your insights and ideas were. Are you still working on the problem of racism, or did you switch to bullying? We encourage you to explore the new ideas you mentioned, but also to take a hard look at your research to see if you're missing anything...are there user groups you didn't speak to, important questions you didn't answer, or places where you could dig deeper? Doing thorough research lays the groundwork for successful solutions!
Nov 16
Nov 16
It looks like you wanted to submit something but maybe forgot to attach a file. Would you like to try again? We'd love to see what you did!
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Badges

Start-Up: Nike Grind Badge

Congratulations on your creative problem solving—an essential skill for every designer!  Innovations and break-through moments come when you think outside the box, like Nike did when they began recycling worn-out shoes to reduce the company's environmental impact.  The recycled shoes were ground up and used to create springy surfaces for athletic facilities.  For example, Sacramento Kings fans donated their sneakers to be used in constructing the team's new practice court.  Not content to stop there, Nike keeps developing new applications for this innovative product, and recycled material from Nike Grind is now used in 71% of the company's footwear and apparel!

Empathize: Hub of Hope Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes.  Designers empathize to understand the needs of the people they want to help, just as SEPTA did when they agreed to collaborate with other agencies to serve homeless people where they already congregate...at Suburban Station.  Instead of kicking the homeless out, the agencies worked together to open the Hub of Hope, a site that functions as a daytime living room for homeless individuals, where they can socialize, get a meal, shower, do laundry, and access a variety of health and social services in a safe and welcoming setting.

Define: Embrace Badge

Nice work using your powers of perception!  Good designers keep their eyes and minds open so they don't miss key insights...just as four Stanford students did while creating a low-cost baby incubator for developing countries.  To learn more about the problem, team member Linus Liang traveled to Nepal.  His "aha" moment came when he discovered that hospital incubators often went unused because mothers couldn’t get to, or stay at the hospital.  The team realized they had to create something that could be used easily and affordably in homes, as well as in hospitals.  The team kept researching and learning throughout their design process to make sure their product met the needs of the people they wanted to help.  Since 2011 their solution—the Embrace Incubator—has helped over 200,000 babies in 20 countries.

Ideate: 40/4 Chair Badge

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see things with new eyes, and sometimes ingenious design is hidden right in front of you.  When was the last time you gave any thought to the humble stacking chair?  Designer David Rowland spent 8 years of his own time designing a chair that could be compactly stacked to fit the greatest number of chairs in the smallest amount of space.  He made 32 full-scale models in a quest to achieve the best form and greatest comfort, and he was rejected many times when he tried to license his final design for a chair that could be stacked 40 high at a height of just 4 feet.  But he persisted, and today his 40/4 chair is the winner of numerous awards, is showcased in museums around the world, and is a commercial success.  8 million and counting have been sold since 1964!

Prototype: Kenji Ekuan Badge

Well done! Prototyping takes patience and persistence, as Kenji Ekuan demonstrated when he and his team spent three years creating the iconic design of the elegant, tear-drop shaped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle.  Mr. Ekuan, an award-winning designer who also worked on the Yamaha YA-1 and the Komachi Bullet Train, is said to have tested over 100 prototypes before finalizing the design of the innovative and dripless two-sided spout—a design which works so well it hasn't been altered since it was introduced in 1961!

Test: MWOBS Badge

Now you know...testing's not just for school!  Designers know it's important to put their prototypes through rigorous real-world tests, which is why people who design products to function in extreme outdoor environments go to the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, where the conditions are equivalent to what you’d encounter in Antarctica and the polar regions!  Clothing, experimental robots, and tents are just a few of the products to test their mettle against the mountain!

DT Philly Showcase: Es Devlin Badge

Hooray—you've made it to the final stage of DT Philly, and it’s time to think about how you’ll share the story of your design project.  Take a page from the playbook of renowned set designer Es Devlin and consider your presentation from the perspective of the audience.  How will they see, hear, and experience the story you want to tell?  Devlin, who has designed sets for Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, as well as for fashion shows, plays, operas, and ballets, considers both the spirit of the performance and the experience that the audience will share.  What will bring your story to life and help you connect with your audience?

Collaborator Badge 1 of 4

Nice work getting the conversation started!  Collaboration is key to the design process!

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