Design Workbench

Design Research to Empower

Design Workbench is a podcast that explores and explains experience design. In each episode, I’ll shed light on a concept for researching and creating products, services, and systems that positively affect experiences.

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Dennis Cheatham


Who are Designers?

Here’s what design is


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Design practitioners are problem solvers who partner with clients to define needs, craft solutions and implement inventive and effective outcomes. These designers are experienced in considering context as part of the problem and the outcomes they generate shape the cultures of those for whom they create.


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Design educators synthesize research, practice, and pedagogy in order to facilitate experiences where the future of design is shaped. Emerging technologies, ideas, and methods for framing problems are tested in classrooms and studios where dialogue is encouraged and learners develop their craft as well as their thinking.


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Design researchers are pioneering new modes of healthcare, clarifying how people engage with technologies, inspecting the effects of an increasingly global community, and they are testing living spaces that adapt to changing human needs. Their inquiring nature, attention to detail, experience working with others, and inventive spirit make designers collaborative problem solvers whose research produces insightful discoveries.


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Design Workbench Websites

There's more on the Design Workbench than the podcast. Transdisciplinary teams are exploring ways design thinking and doing can improve peoples' experiences. Check out these sites to learn about their work.

Rewarding Risk

Learning beyond curriculum.

Living Values

Exploring how to empower people to make decisions for their last days so their wishes are honored.
Design Workbench Updates
Presenting at IASDR 2017
Published Nov 1, 2017 in Rewarding Risk
I am excited to present this research at the University of  Cincinnati, DAAP on November 3, 2017 at IASDR 2017. It's been a few years since the project was completed, but... read more ❯
What are the "Boundaries" of Palliative Care?
Published Oct 23, 2017 in Living Values
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A report of our mapping exercise with other researchers from Scripps Gerontology Center to define the boundaries of Palliative Care and End of Life more ❯
A Workshop Where Participants are Experts
Published Nov 10, 2016 in Living Values
On November 17, we will hold our first design charrette to address Advance Care Planning with values being the driving factor. The event will be held at Mount Auburn Presbyterian... read more ❯
Design Research to Empower