August 17, 2017, 1:30 – 4:30pm
$149 (half-day)

Union South (Room TBA) (map)




Lesley Sager, speaker at Better by Design


Lesley Sager

Faculty, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison




Designers use many tools with sophisticated methods and processes for creatively tackling a variety of problems. Designers are called upon to place human needs at the center of their design engagement. Because of this, design thinking has become a powerful approach to addressing issues at both micro and macro levels, ranging from simple to complex problems.


Design thinking involves thinking things forward, laterally, systemically, and naturally. It transcends roles and disciplines and is essential both for analyzing existing conditions and generating new opportunities. By exploring different ways of thinking and learning and equipping ourselves with the processes and tools of design, we can prepare ourselves to tackle a myriad of design problems.


This workshop introduces and elaborates on the tools and practice modes of design thinking and the theory behind it with an emphasis on practical application. Through a human-centered lens, you will follow the design phases of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test to seek design solutions for life’s daily challenges.* You’ll work in teams to solve a problem of interest. The problem will be determined in the workshop and can range from how to get your children to eat healthy, to how to be more productive at work, to how to design your life.


Upon completion of the workshop, you’ll understand the main concepts of design thinking and learn to use it as an approach to problem solving.


Through this workshop, you will:

    • Understand the methods and processes of design thinking
    • Investigate problems, develop research methods, and synthesize results to form solutions
    • Develop a deeper understanding of the users and their interaction with the designed environment
    • Understand that in addition to the creation for innovative objects and places, design can be applied to the development of new processes, services, interactions, and collaboration
  • Recognize that design requires an interdisciplinary approach and the value of design thinking as a means for innovative problem solving across disciplines


August 17, 2017, 1:30-4:30pm