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Design Thinking Workshop

Category: Makerspace

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​Assistant Professor of Art + Design Tania Allen will lead workshop participants through the core components of design thinking, including the characteristics and habits of mind that designers cultivate in defining and addressing wicked problems. Through a simple “design challenge” workshop participants will work together to explore the ways that design thinking is operationalized while taking advantage of some of the materials in the Makerspace.

Tania Allen is an Assistant Professor of Art + Design and Co-Director of Graduate Programs in Art + Design for the NCSU College of Design. Tania has worked in large and small design studies in Chicago and Boston, developing branding and communications systems for such clients at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Accenture, MIT and Harvard University. Through her practice, Tania has specifically focused on design as a catalyst for community engagement, using it as a participatory and co-creative process that helps community members take ownership of core social issues, and work to make change from the ground up.

Along with Sara Queen, Tania is the co-director of the design research group co-lab, which focuses on critical mapping as a participatory design research tool. Currently, co-lab’s focus is on developing a methodology for critical mapping that simultaneously embraces cartography as a powerful analytic and synthetic research tool, while also challenging the assumptions that the mapping and visualization process embeds within it. Recent publications have included “Beyond the Map: Unpacking Critical Cartography in the Digital Humanities” in Visible Language (Fall 2015), co-authored with Sara Queen.

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