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Designers are Problem Solvers-Teacher Resource Collection

Designers are inspired by problems! With a defined problem as a starting point, designers find solutions through a design process that includes empathizing with the user, brainstorming ideas and prototyping solutions. At Cooper Hewitt, your class will see the design process in action during a deep exploration of various objects featured in our permanent and temporary exhibitions. Students will also experience the design process in a hands-on, interactive workshop where they will work collaboratively to solve problems through design thinking.

Program objectives:

  • Students will be able to define key design process terminology including define, empathize, brainstorm, prototype, test, and launch.
  • Students will understand the user’s role in the designer’s process
  • Students will understand that a designer’s choice of materials inform the form and function of a design.

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Designers are Problem Solvers

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

The Design Process

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Define Problems

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Brompton Folding Bicycle: Production Process

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Shibori Stripe

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Heatwave

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Empathize

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Brainstorm + Prototype

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Preparatory Sketch for Enignum Free Form Chair

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Enignum Free Form

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Joseph Walsh: Enignum Furniture Production Process

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Pixel

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Test + Launch

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Trans...

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Vitamin Store

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum