The future is not a spectator sport.
Design Workbench
  • Experiencing the Henry Ford today. A history of American innovation! #wkbnch

    November 24, 2018
  • Wandered through an overstock store today. We humans make a lot of stuff. Do we really need it all? #wkbnch

    November 10, 2018
  • More of these water bottle refill stations are popping up at National Parks. ‘Perfect place to promote choices that reduce environmental impact. #wkbnch #xdmfa

    July 10, 2018
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Design Workbench has two purposes: to clarify design research, education, and practice and to encourage new discoveries on how each of these areas can address problems people face. Through this network of online “workbenches,” participants can engage with projects as they progress and guests can observe design in action.

Active Workbenches

  • Rewarding Risk

    Learning beyond curriculum.
  • Living Values

    Exploring how to empower people to make decisions for their last days so their wishes are honored.
  • Test Site

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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.


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.


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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