Center for Socially Engaged Design

Socially Engaged Design Thinking

Socially engaged design thinking helps you understand different approaches to the design process and the importance of ethical engagement with community partners. This approach to design helps you and your team approach problems thoughtfully by considering the broader contexts moral contours of your design process. C-SED can help you approach problems and avoid the paralysis and pitfalls that often plague design teams. 

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks can help you understand the iterative and cyclical nature of the design process by studying a variety of models and understanding the importance of engaging directly with people whose lives are impacted by the problems you are investigating. SEDA Shorts are also an effective tool for briefer overviews. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops. Follow the links below to all these tools!

SEDA Block: Socially Engaged Design Thinking      SEDA SHORTS

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Design Ethnography

Ethnographers work to understand how people live and why they do what they do. For designers, this learning can directly translate into design decisions. If you understand what a community values and what their cultural practices are, your design can be more seamlessly integrated. 

The Socially Engaged Design Academy (SEDA) online learning blocks help you understand the language around design ethnography and give you the tools to explore cultural context while immersed in the community. SEDA Shorts are also an effective tool for briefer overviews. Our experts can provide insight and advice through individual consultations or team workshops. Follow the links below to all these tools!

SEDA Block: Planning a Design Ethnography Experience

SEDA Shorts

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