Design Down Time: February

February has been a bit of a crazy month. I don’t want to say that I’m already failing one of my new years resolutions, but it does kind of feel that way when it’s the 26th of February, you haven’t done your one design tutorial for the month, and one of your resolutions is “Do one design tutorial per month.”

It’s been a crazy month for a lot of reasons that I can’t really go into just yet. (Big things are happening and everything is moving so quickly!) So my free-time to work on tutorials has been at an all-time low.

I will say, however, that I started an online course with four of my coworkers called “Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design.” I’ve done the reading for Class 1 and I’m liking it so far. I’m interested to see how the rest of the course goes.

In lieu of a tutorial recap, have this quote from the Class 1 reading that summarizes what exactly Human-Centered Design is, an apology, and a promise to do two tutorials for March. No, really. I’ll do them.

“Human-centered design is a creative approach to problem solving and the backbone of our work at It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs. Human-centered design is all about building a deep empathy with the people you’re designing for; generating tons of ideas; building a bunch of prototypes; sharing what you’ve made with the people you’re designing for; and eventually putting your innovative new solution out in the world.”


I managed to do it in time! Thanks Leap Day for the extra day!

Banner image courtesy of Novoed Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design.

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