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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

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

Define Problems

Cooper Hewitt Education Department

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

UNYQ Align

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

WASARA Tableware

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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

Arc Touch

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Arc Touch

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