Designing Insights develops and facilitates custom workshops, trainings, and design sprints in design thinking, a codified, repeatable process for problem-solving, innovation, and creativity.

Our workshops are hands-on, fast-paced, and experiential, and incorporate games and techniques from improvisation to foster creativity and collaboration. Clients range from museums to tech companies, including Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumJ. Paul Getty Trust, and GitHub.

Workshop Offerings

Introductory Workshop

Introductory Workshops

In introductory workshops, we lead participants through a full design cycle and introduce the mindsets and methods of the design thinking process.

Options Include:

  • Two-hour workshops
  • Half-day workshops
  • Full-day workshops

Custom Design Sprints

Design sprints are highly customized workshops that focus on clients’ real-world problems and products, and result in actionable insights and prototypes.

Options Include:

  • Two- to-three day sprints
  • Weeklong sprints
Deep Dives

Deep Dives

Deep dives are for advanced teams that already have experience with design thinking and wish to build their expertise with specific tools and methods.

Options Include:

  • Advanced empathy methods
  • Ideation tools and techniques

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What makes us different?

We are small and agile, and we offer high-touch, highly customized experiences. Our workshops are never cookie cutter; we match the methods, teaching examples, activities, and facilitators to every organization.

Why do a workshop?

Our clients have used the design thinking process to tackle the following challenges:

  • Kick-off projects and initiatives
  • Develop new products
  • Conceptualize product features
  • Engage new audiences
  • Create engagement and outreach programs
  • Revamp internal programs
  • Redesign exhibition spaces
  • Foster team building and collaboration

What do participants leave with?

  • A toolkit of skills for defining and solving messy problems
  • Confidence in their ability to be creative and innovative
  • Experience with new ways of working and collaborating in cross-disciplinary teams
  • An appreciation of the power of building empathy for users—from internal staff to customers
  • An understanding of the key tenets of human-centered design

Critical post-workshop follow-up

We offer post-workshop consulting and coaching to support organizations with the implementation of design thinking methods and practices. From coaching internal teams to managing and running user testing, we help you keep the momentum going and ensure that your workshop is not a one-off experience but that the methods and mindsets are infused into your ongoing work practices.

What is design thinking?

Design thinking, also referred to as human-centered design, is a set of methods and mindsets for solving problems, discovering opportunities, and generating innovative, human-centered solutions.  Read More >

Case Studies

The workshop showed me that design thinking can be learned, and there are certain steps that can be followed to make innovation easier. Thanks for showing me that I can come up with original and inspiring product ideas!
Pat Pow-anpongkul,Trulia

You have given us invaluable tools to solve complex problems through an empathetic, user-centered approach.
Lisa Silagyi, Balboa Park Learning Institute