Duke Designs Differently
When it comes to creating products and processes, innovators and teams will take very different approaches. Yet by learning and practicing human-centered design, groups across Duke can approach their work through the lens of interdisciplinary collaboration and iterative co-creation, working to achieve a deep understanding of the users they’re serving. By teaching our innovators these skills, we can help them maximize their work’s impact.
Design at Duke
Open Design Studio
The Open Design Studio at Duke is a collective of educators, students, and community partners who are learning, researching, and practicing an equity-focused design methodology. ODS is openly designing a world that is actively inclusive, transparent, and collaborative.
Pratt School of Engineering
In Pratt’s First-Year Design program, students are engaged in authentic, hands-on, project-based design courses, working to build prototypes to solve a community-based need or problem.
“Duke Law By Design” sees students, staff, and faculty engaged in human-centered design processes with stakeholders, service professionals, and partner organizations from the community, helping to change law for the better by examining topics such as access to justice, improving forensic reports, eviction procedures, and more.
Design Health teams students from engineering, arts and sciences, business, medicine, nursing, and law to identify unmet, underserved, and unarticulated needs in healthcare—and then design real-world solutions.
Supported by the Duke Divinity School, the Ormond Center’s studios are multidisciplinary and cross-sector contexts where research engages with practice, ideas are generated and tested, and resources are crafted for better practice.