Two interactive ‘Design Thinking’ workshops will be hosted by Sheelagh Carew, Product Designer at IBM as part of DesignFest Clonmel 2016. The day-long workshops will be held at the new Questum Enterprise and Research Centre in Clonmel on Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th November. The workshops are aimed specifically at Transition Year students involved in the Young Scientists and Young Social Innovators projects. The workshops will take students through the design thinking process to assist them in creating innovative project solutions. Students will engage in hands-on design challenges that focus on developing empathy, encourage ideation and foster active problem solving.
As Product Designer for IBM, the multinational technology company with office locations in over 170 countries, Sheelagh works with a global team to produce creative enterprise solutions at their Dublin Office. Product Designers work on various stages of product development to help teams solve end-user (customer) problems at the speed and scale that modern enterprises demand.
Commenting at the workshop launch in Cashel community school during last week’s teachers workshop, Sheelagh said “As a native of Dundrum and a graduate of the B.Sc in Creative Multimedia at LIT Clonmel, I am delighted to return to my home county to inspire others to get involved in the field of Design Thinking. I would like to thank DesignFest for including this workshop as part of their impressive events schedule.”
Design Thinking is an integral part of degree programmes at LIT Clonmel. According to John Hannafin, Interaction Design Lecturer at LIT Clonmel, “more and more product and service providers are seeking to improve customer value through user centered design. Design Thinking in a key enabler for such improvements.”
Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems and find desirable solutions for clients. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be, and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end-user (the customer). There will be a number of other Design Thinking workshops during DesignFest aimed at small enterprise, start-ups, teachers, designers and young teens. For more details of these and the entire programme and to book tickets for DesignFest events, visit www.designfest.ie and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter.