Category Archives: Design Thinking

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SoHE News & Events: December 7-13

Benefits of Going to the Sauna | Virtual Reality Can Going to a Sauna Make You Happier? Dr. Charles Raison, Human Development and Family Studies Professor, shares his research on a significant antidepressant effect in patients after full-body heating. Read the article here to follow a woman’s experiment to see if going to a sauna really […]

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UW x August – EVERY BODY

every body, every shape, every skin color…everyone is beautiful! August, a streetwear shop located in downtown Madison’s State Street, partnered up with SoHE students to host “Every Body,” a styling and photography event that took place on November 17.  The intent of the “Every Body” concept was created to break conventional beauty standards. Students in […]

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UW x August Street Wear Challenge

SoHE Design studies students have been challenged to create one-color screen-printed shirts for August, a popular street wear boutique located on State Street in Madison. The project is a partnership between Rob Bowhan, owner of August, and students in Professor Jennifer Angus’ Printing and Dyeing I and II courses. These students incorporated screen-printing with one other […]

Create a shadow box as part of the 2018 Community Altar Project

Be a part of this year’s Community Alter Project: Remembrance and Celebration. Create your own commemorative alter shadow box for a project being led by SoHE DS Professor Carolyn Kallenborn. Completed alters will be on display in the main entry in Nancy Nicholas Hall. In its second year, Remembrance and Celebration is inspired by the […]

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Design Thinking Beyond UW-Madison with CNPL Grad Molly Reddy

When Molly Reddy ’10 started her academic studies at UW-Madison, she did not know how much her life path would be impacted by design thinking and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE).  In fact, design thinking had not yet been established at the UW-Madison. As a freshman, Reddy started as a College of Letters and […]

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Student Use Design Thinking to Improve ‘Farm-to-Table’ Experience

A four-week summer course provided students with an inside-look at solving real problems using the Design Thinking’s “innovate-prototype-test” process. Design Studies and Engineer majors enrolled in DS 341: Design Thinking for Transformation focused on how to improve the farmer’s market experience for consumers. How might we…? Class was held in the recently opened UW MakerSpace. […]

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The Translation Project

During the 2016-2017 academic year, 4,908 out of 43,820 UW Madison students sought help from University Health Services for mental illness, which led to a 2.2 increase of client visits. The growing number of students struggling with mental health inspired The Translation Project, a visual campaign focusing on creating a dialogue about mental illness and […]

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Students Discuss Living the Good Life With Design Thinking

SoHE’s Design Thinking initiative is evolving our school’s culture and curriculum. Through it, we are equipping UW-Madison students with the skills and tools to solve both simple and complex problems in a way that improves people’s lives and well-being. In other words, teaching them how to find answers the human ecology way. This five-step process […]

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SoHE News and Events: April 20 – 26

Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award winner | Locals team up to help Kenyan girls SoHE student wins Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergrad Award Taylor Gilbertson is the recipient of this year’s Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award that recognizes students who have made the community a priority during their […]

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Free Faculty/Staff Passes to Threads Fashion Show

In support of the Textile and Design Studies students and all of the students planning the UW Threads Fashion Show, Dean Shim will be sponsoring a pass for all faculty and staff to attend the fashion show free of charge. Show Details Threads: Tangled Sunday, April 29th Masonic Center 301 Wisconsin Avenue Showtimes: 4:00pm & […]

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Design Studies Students Collaborate with Kenyan Activist Josephine Kulea

Bailey Schuldt is a Senior, Communication Arts 2018, Certificates in Digital Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies Several weeks ago, Kenyan women’s rights campaigner Dr. Josephine Kulea visited SoHE as part of a partnership initiated by Design Studies instructor Lesley Sager. In 2012, Kulea founded the Samburu Girls Foundation, an organization dedicated to rescuing young girls from […]

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Majid Sarmadi, 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award Winner

SoHE’s Majid Sarmadi is one of twelve faculty members chosen to receive a 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes the high quality teaching of some of the university’s most exceptional educators. Design Studies professor Majid Sarmadi is the recipient of this year’s Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award. This award was created to recognize excellence […]

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SoHE’s Design Thinking Initiative Drives UW’s First Leadership Circle for Innovation

For the past several years, the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology (SoHE) has been campus’ active driver of design thinking, a problem-solving and idea generating process used by organizations and corporations worldwide to solve complex problems. SoHE’s Design Thinking Initiative has delivered the process to UW-Madison through coursework, collaborations, and, now, the university’s first group […]

SoHE student Emma Wiessner workes one-on-one with a Kenyan team member.

UW Students Share Design Thinking Skills in Kenyan Project

Photo: SoHE student Emma Wiessner working in Kenya Blog by UW-Madison student Danielle Syse Sustainable Design Thinking Team Journeys to Kenya Over the past few years, University of Wisconsin-Madison students have been experiencing meaningful, real-world innovative projects through the student-run organization Insight Wisconsin. In an effort to unearth meaningful solutions, Insight Wisconsin encourages collaborations using the […]

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SoHE Stories: September 16 – 23

SoHE made the news this week! Click to read the stories. Extreme Makeover: SoHE Edition Thanks to the hard work of a few SoHE students, the Office of the Registrar will be getting a much needed upgrade. This past summer, students enrolled in Design Studies 501 were put to the test when asked to create a design that used the area more effectively. […]

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SoHE Infuses Design Thinking into Senior Engineering Course

Design thinking is process for achieving creative, human-centered, interdisciplinary solutions to real problems, big or small. For an engineering student, design thinking allows them to shift from a solution in search of a problem to a recognition of needs and how their capabilities and creatively can address them. With this idea in mind, the UW-Madison […]

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Design Thinking: Shop for a Cause

Another week in the Design Thinking class means people are getting more passionate about the cause and the projects! One of the students, Erin, decided she would take her commitment outside of the classroom and talk to her employer, SERRV, about hosting a fundraiser. Best part? They said yes! SERRV is a fair-trade clothing and […]