Rapid Prototype Design Sprint

Michael Dearing

Come practice a fun and useful technique we developed at Stanford's d.school: the Rapid Prototype Design Sprint (RPDS). Using real-world design prompts from a real-live company, we will prototype a new product in about 20 minutes.

Using a short, provocative statement about a product -- just a few sentences -- you will prototype in ultra-low resolution (paper, cardboard, popsicle sticks, markers, etc.) and very fast. We will uncover features, tradeoffs, and watch-outs as we go. By "thinking with your hands" you will move the product design process further and faster than you ever thought possible.

The founders of the company whose idea you prototype will just watch silently while you tear into the design sprint. Together we will see how this technique saves hundreds of hours of traditional research and guessing. You need this tool in your toolkit!

Lots of food and drinks will keep you motivated and feeling supported.