Project Plan + Rubric

Every problem presents a challenge to the people involved. How you approach the problem determines the potential for finding a solution. In our approach to Design Thinking, we create a project plan to document our approach to...

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The Journey of AuraLights

Through the help of Rosemary and Kevin, we were able to create a strong foundation to grow a business with our product. We learned how to create a product that solves a problem and how to get...

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Are you the right person to be an Intern @ Idea Lab?

We help people to solve their problems using Design Thinking and other creative problem solving tools. We help the people in our SDSU community – people, teams and organizations – on campus and afar. We also work...

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Design Thinking for Community Service

Hello, my name is Matthew Kolbl and I am a designer at the ZIP Idea Lab. As a full-time student at San Diego State University, I am involved with many organizations around campus, specifically Phi Gamma Delta....

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Finding Momentum in the Turning Points: The Entrepreneurial Journey

For my personal project this past February, I decided to study different entrepreneurs to create a web connecting their common traits. I started with the problem statement, “how might we better understand what makes an entrepreneur and...

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Big Data Hackathon – Design Thinking Resource Kit

Understand the Design Thinking process, and how planned thinking can improve your application. The 2017 hackathon will focus on one theme: Public Health.  The challenge is to create an app, platform, and/or technology that can tie into the...

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LEAN Design Thinking

The LEAN Design Thinking Workshop contains the process and methods of design thinking adapted for the Lean model environment. It offers new ways for employees to be intentional and collaborative as they design solutions for the company,...

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Zip Idea Lab: Fun, Facts and FAQs

The other day I was in the lab, the door was open and music was playing, and a little shy girl came in to tell us how cool was our office. Yes, we are those guys that...

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A Primer on Design Thinking

As concepts like “creativity” and “innovation” continue to be introduced into academic and business conversations they are quickly followed by processes and methodologies that deliver the desired outcomes. Although the words used are generally understood, they are...

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The Evolution of Idea Lab

July 11, 2016 The Idea Lab is not only a new concept at San Diego State University, it’s a new facility – the space doesn’t exist. Temporary space has been allocated in EBA (Education & Business Administration)...

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