Practice Lab – Prototyping with Continuum

May 7, 2018 · Washington, United States of America

Prototyping is at the heart of the Design Thinking process yet the way we prototype and what we hope to accomplish with it means so many different things to different people. Join us for a hands-on session with Mike Amante, Principal and Business Strategy Director at Continuum, to practice prototyping ways to improve the Metro experience.

If you attended our January workshop on Unpacking Empathy Interviews, you will remember that Mike and his Continuum colleagues developed insights about Melanie and Caleb's experiences riding the Metro. Since then, Mike’s team has turned those insights into ideas for us to prototype as a group. In this practice lab, you will turn an idea into a prototype plan and then build a prototype to express that idea. You will learn about the principles for designing a prototype and focus on building the most compelling touchpoints.

Throughout the evening, you will also have an opportunity to compare and contrast your choices with the choices of the seasoned designers at Continuum. Continuum designers will respond to the same ideas, plan prototypes and present rough prototypes back to you so that you can learn directly from their best practices. You will practice prototyping an idea AND you will learn how seasoned designers make a prototype of the same idea.

This workshop will be very interactive, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and build! The best way to learn about prototyping is by actually doing it. This workshop is great for individuals who already have a baseline understanding of design thinking fundamentals.


6:30 - Networking

6:45 – Introductions and Warm-Up

7:00 – Prototyping Overview

7:15 – Plan Prototypes

7:45 – Listen to Continuum Team’s Prototype Plans

8:00 – Build Prototypes

8:30 Feedback and Debrief

8:45 End of Workshop

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