Randa Hadi 
رندة هادي

is a Kuwaiti designer, researcher, educator, and
informal archivist.

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Design Thinking – Visualizing Analysis & Synthesis

This Design Thinking course is hybrid between studio + seminar. It is an introduction to and exploration of design thinking theories + methodologies through problem solving processes of imaginative discovery, ideation, collaboration, and human-centeredness. Students will engage in a series of projects and exercises to help create a "design thinking process" that is their own, while providing multiple solution(s) to a problem and creating space for divergent thinking. This course will provide students with the tools to develop, observe, research, iterate, ideate, speculate, give collective feedback, and find solution(s) to complex problems. This class is about providing students with the toolkit to analyze, synthesize, and communicate these findings. Design thinking is not the end all be all, other research methods will be introduced to provide multiplicity in voices and thinking methods to contrast each other. This class is about the ways in which design research can help us find solutions to a variety of problems that might not seem design related.

University of Tampa

During the semester, students were asked to engage critically with the design thinking framework on a range of projects. Students were introduced to various research methods like mind maps, personas, interviews, design ethnography, behavioral mapping, and more. Their final project was to research a contemporary social issue and design a response for that community using design research methods.

Student Work