Review on IDEO & Acumen’s Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design

Laraine Domingo
Jun 22, 2016 · 4 min read

How I found out about the course

First hurdle: Making time for it

Second hurdle: Finding a group

It dawned on me that this course isn’t just about design. It’s about applying design-thinking to social change. My flaw was in trying to contact designers who are just interested in design. I should be recruiting people who are interested in social innovation and community initiatives.

Why I highly recommend the course

Plus, the peer evaluations aren’t just in your group but with people all around the world taking the course. It’s pretty cool reading comments about your work from people on another continent.

What I learned

The course material and lesson plans are extremely worthwhile. I was immediately able to apply what I was learning at my job. The resource documents are all worth saving and sharing. I know I’ll be coming back to them throughout my career.

What I would change

How might we promote accountability in group work projects?

Concluding thoughts

The best part is I‘ve been introduced to a group of truly inspirational people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. The course is about human-centered design and is an example of exactly what it teaches. It has brought people together to see new perspectives outside of their own lens. I’ve learned so much from my new friends and look forward to future collaborations.


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