Welcome to Columbia's Design Community!

Design at Columbia is an inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff that practice the art of making change. We are offering two sessions for Summer 2020:

  • May 22 - July 3
  • July 13 - August 21

To join this interdisciplinary design community, join our slack with your Columbia or Barnard email address.

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Design at Columbia Summer 2020

This summer, we are presenting two 6-week design sprint tht will help you:

Design Prompts

Maintaining Connections #s1-connections
How might we help people maintain relationships in a more global and fragmented world?

Digital Wellbeing #s1-wellbeing
How might we increase awareness and mindfulness around our increasing technology usage?

Mitigating Behaviours #s1-mitigate
How might we mitigate contagious behaviors at a personal and public level?

Establishing Routines #s1-routine
How might we help people build a routine during the quarantine?

Shuttle Service Redesign #s1-shuttle
How might we make Columbia’s shuttle bus service easy to understand and use?

Student Services Redesign #s1-cu-online
How might we transform Columbia’s digital tools (SSOL / Vergil / CULPA) into a streamlined experience?

Redesign Your Favourite App #s1-byo-redesign
Take an app that you use often, identify some pain points, and create improved solutions!

Bring Your Own Idea or Startup #s1-byo-startup
Got an idea on your mind? Working on a startup right now? Bring it along to our summer session!

Schedule

Session 1: May 22 to July 3

Every week, we all meet as a group on Fridays from 1-3pm NYC time to learn from interactive workshops, and share our progress.

On Mondays, we host jam sessions organized by group leaders within your preferred timezone. This is a small group where you can support eachother, give feedback, and help set your goals for the week.
Week
Friday Activities
Deliverables
1: Understand
Friday May 22
Materials: Full Video Slides

1:00-1:30 Kickoff and Introduction to Design Video
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

1:30-2:15 Understanding Your Problem Space, Competitor Landscape Video
Perrin Anto SEAS'20, Interaction Designer @ Google

2:15-3:00 User Research & Interviews Video
Aleksei Igumnov GS'21, UX Research Intern @ Apple

Three Google Slides:

1. Pick a prompt and a "How might we..." statement. Do a Competitive Analysis Table/Background Research.
2. Complete 5-10 interviews. Pick 10 key quotes.
3. Write 3 refined "How Might We..." statements that reframe your prompt.

Submit by Friday May 29 at 1pm on the Google Assignments page.
2: Define
Friday May 29
Materials: Full Video Slides

1:00-1:30 Project Meeting Phase 2: Define Video
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

1:30-2:00 Pivoting to Design & Portfolio First Look Video
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

2:00-3:00 Synthesizing Your User Research: Archetypes & Journey Maps Video
Perrin Anto SEAS'20, Interaction Designer @ Google

Three Google Slides:

1. Identify your team, your team strengths and how you plan to leverage those strengths (can be a team of 1!)
2. Archetype
3. Journey Map

Submit by Friday June 5 at 8am EST on the Google Assignments page.
3: Sketch
Friday June 5
Materials: Full Video Slides

1:00-1:30 Project Meeting, Phase 3: Sketch Video
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

1:30-1:50 Design Scope: Finding Your MVP Video
Prof. Lydia Chilton, Columbia Computer Science

1:50-2:15 Ideating & Sketching Video
Prof. Harry West, former CEO @ frog, principle @ Invisible Design Columbia Mechanical Engineering and IEOR

2:15-3:00 Portfolio Deep Dive Video
Perrin Anto SEAS'20, Interaction Designer @ Google

5-6 slides using Google Slides

1. Crazy 8’s
2. Solution Sketch for 3 ideas
3. Portfolio Sketches
4. A link to your homepage with your name (optional)

Submit by Friday June 12 at 8am EST on the Google Assignments page.
4: Prototype
Friday June 12
Materials: Full Video Slides

1:00-1:30 Project Meeting, Phase 4: Prototype Video
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

1:30-2:15pm: Visual Information Design
Lydia Chilton, Computer Science Professor @ SEAS

2:15-3pm: Figma 101
Lucy Huo, Student @ UCLA, Software Engineering Intern @ PayPal

3-4 slides using Google Slides

1. Pick the Solution Sketch/Idea you will prototype
2. User stories
3. Testable Mid Fidelity Prototype

Submit by Friday June 19 at 8am EST on the Google Assignments page.
5: Validate
Friday June 19
Materials: Full Video Slides Workshop Slides

1:00-1:15: Student Project Highlights
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

1:15-2:00pm:
Sarah Morrison-Smith, Computer Science Professor @ Barnard

2:00-2:45pm: UX Writing & Portfolio Bio
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

2:45-3:00pm: Phase 5 & Deliverablies

3-4 slides using Google Slides

1. User testing plan
a. Scenario
b. Refined user stories
2. Participant information
3. User testing results
4. Portfolio bio (optional)

We have made a User Testing Template for you to use.

Submit by Friday June 26 at 8am EST on the Google Assignments page.
6: Validate
Friday June 26
Materials: Full Video Slides

1-1:30pm: Project Meeting
Laura Block CC'20, D@C Lead

1:30-2:15pm: Graphic Design in a Nutshell
Dao Chantes, TC'17, former Design Consultant @ United Nations

2:15-3pm: UX Resumes & Recruiting
Perrin Anto SEAS'20, Interaction Designer @ Google

Using Google Slides

1. Final Presentation (5 minutes MAX--strict)
2. Link to Final Design (testable)
3. Link to Portfolio (WIP, optional)
Submit by Friday July 5 at 11:59pm EST on the Google Assignments page.
7: Present
Monday July 6
5:00-7:00 pm EST, Present your findings
TBA

Session 2: July 13 - August 21

We will continue to build on skills from Session 1 to complete a project to add to your portfolio.

Meet the Team

Perrin Anto

Interaction Designer at Google, SEAS '20

Laura Block

UX Designer at Columbia HCI Lab, CC '20

Prof Lydia Chilton

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Mark Santolucito

Columbia University, Barnard College

Faculty and Alumni Advisors

Prof Harry West

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Kristin Myers

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Hod Lipson

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Brian Smith

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Aaron Kyle

Columbia University, School of Engineering

Prof Sarah Morrison-Smith

Barnard College, Computer Science Department

Umbreen Bhatti

Barnard College, Director Athena Center for Leadership Studies

Prof Jin Kuwata

Columbia University, Teachers College

Prof Laura Kurgan

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Adam Royalty

Designer-in-Residence at Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Design

Ivy Schultz

Columbia Engineering, Director of Entrepreneurship

Prof Katie Reuther

Columbia Engineering, School of Engineering

Prof Ioannis (John) Kymissis

Columbia Engineering, School of Engineering

Julia Byrd

Associate Director at PowerBridgeNY

Jim Aloise

Columbia Technology Ventures
Executive Director at PowerBridgeNY