MIT Sloan’s community for all things related to design.
Design thinking is a methodology for building a deep understanding of what people want and need. Our flagship program is DesignWorks, a program that organizes teams of Sloanies each fall to help local businesses work through their real and pressing challenges. The program is mentored by the innovation consulting firm Continuum. In the spring, we also send teams of Sloanies to participate in the Rotman Design Challenge case competition in Toronto, another chance to learn and practice design thinking.
Design doing focuses on opportunities for students to create things, sometimes for prototyping products or services, and often as a fun break from MIT's busy class schedule. Past activities have included a paint night, gingerbread house building, and creating a new backdrop for storytellers at the Sloan storytelling event, the Yarn. We also work with Sloan's Career Development Office and classmates with experience in the industry to help students navigate job and internship searches and career paths in the design space.
DesignWorks is a partnership between the MIT Sloan Design Club and Continuum, a global innovation and design consultancy. During the program, Sloanies are mentored by Continuum consultants and learn how to apply design principles such as problem framing, qualitative research, ideation, prototyping, and other innovation methodologies. The 6-week experience includes workshops, mentorship, and project team meetings, and provides a deep understanding of how human-centered design can help leaders innovate within a variety of product and service-based organizations.
Participants are required to attend all of the workshops due to the team-based, sequential nature of this learning experience. The experience will be facilitated by consultants from Continuum and one of the events is usually held at Continuum's amazing office space in Boston.
We kick off DesignWorks with a session that is open to the entire club. After this session, we will be asking for applications to join the workshop. We typically have limit number of participants to ~12 members due to the highly interactive nature of the workshop. Applications are available around September of each year. Keep an eye out for more information, or contact us for details!
Rotman Design Challenge
The Rotman Design Challenge (RDC) is an international Business Design case competition that takes place during early spring. After a month of working on a complex business challenge proposed by an innovative and forward-thinking sponsor, teams of 4-6 master’s students from leading business and design schools across the globe come together for a live, two-day event at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto, Canada to propose their solutions. Sloan teams consistently make it to the final round of the competition, and in each of the past three years Sloan teams were among the top three teams in the competition. Learn more at Rotman's Design Club website.
For those thinking about careers in the design consulting space, we host sessions and panels on summer internship and full-time recruiting. Design thinking is relevant for a wide range of careers, and both the club and the Career Development Office act as a resource for students navigating the space. This year, we've co-sponsored workshops on how to apply design thinking to digital product development and Product Management.
Speakers, Workshops and Events
We organize many other events. The speaker events are great opportunities to learn about trends in the industry, which will inform your recruiting efforts or prepare you for your upcoming career. Examples of other past events include:
- Workshops at the MIT Fabrication Lab: Learn how to create amazing things using wood, metal, 3D printers and more.
- Crafternoons in E62: De-stress during finals week with low-key arts & crafts projects.
- Glassblowing workshop: Enjoy the excitement of playing with melted glass while making your very own souvenir.
- Paint Night: Channel your "inner Bob Ross" & socialize with fellow Design Club members
- First Fridays at the ICA: Guest DJs, live performances, gallery talks, drinks & more.
- Third Thursdays at the MIT List Center: Connect with the broader MIT art community!
Ana Maria Sanchez-Rusinak