Wednesday, January 31 | noon–1:00 p.m.
Presented by Emily Stover

Human-centered design (HCD) is a powerful and practical method to create meaningful change in your workplace and in your community. During this session, you will get an overview of some important principles and tools that designers use to create positive impact through their work, strategies for adopting HCD methods in your life, and a glimpse into the empathetic mindset of a human-centered designer. 

We’ll also talk about the importance of equity in HCD, and how these methods are connected to systems thinking and sustainability practices. Whether you work in private or non-profit organizations or are a community member looking to effect change in your neighborhood, HCD can help you create innovative and empathy-driven solutions to the problems you care about.

In this webinar, we’ll cover 

  • identifying your customers or user groups and understanding their diverse needs through observation and conversation.
  • designing an impactful problem statement centered on research insights.
  • developing solutions through an iterative process of generating and prototyping ideas.
  • refining designs based on meaningful user feedback.

Emily Stover, MLA, is a multidisciplinary designer with over 10 years of experience solving problems using human-centered design. She believes that design has the power to create more equitable and adaptive communities and is passionate about increasing access to human-centered tools and methods for people working hard to make a difference.

Interested in learning more about human-centered design? Read Want Elegant Solutions for Your Organization's Toughest Challenges? Tap Human-Centered Design Principles and The Power of Human-Centered Design: Why Empathy Is a Must for Organizational Change Management. For a deeper dive, attend the six-week program Human Centered Design Foundations, a partnership of the U of M College of Continuing and Professional Studies and the Minnesota Design Center in the College of Design, which starts March 13.

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