In this workshop, Mike went over what the word 'design' means
in Design Sprints. Often, people think that participation in a Design Sprint is
limited to those that have some artistic ability.
Mike argued that design isn't limited to only art. He showed
examples of beautiful design outside of the art world including the beautiful
Singapore Changi Airport, the world's best restaurant in France, and Spotify's
Discover Weekly. Each show great design in architecture, food, organization,
and algorithms. Good design doesn't happen overnight, it's done with purpose
and by cycling through different iterations of the design.
Then, building off of the concepts from their first two Design
Sprints workshops, Mike presented participants with a "how might
we?” question. Denver, Colorado has grown 10% year-over-year since 2010, which
presents a challenge for the city. Young professionals who moved to Denver hoping
to have the best of both the city and nature are finding it increasingly
time-consuming and painful to get out of the city on the weekends. Mike asked
participants, "How might we help the urban professional have easier access
to nature on the weekend?"
He kicked off the interactive portion of the workshop by
asking participants to manifest the first idea that came to their head on
paper. Then he asked them to take their idea and design eight iterations in
eight minutes, in a process he called 'crazy 8s.' After the eight minutes, he
had participants present their ideas. The ideas ranged from mobile apps and
better mass transit options to teleportation. Participants were then told to
draw out three scenes of how their solutions come to life.
At the end of the activity, Mike asked for feedback on the
exercise. One participant said, "When you're not even thinking about a
budget, you're much more creative. I liked forcing myself to think
As the Moonshot team progresses through their workshop sessions
you can see how the Design Sprint changes the way people approach problem
solving and design thinking. A Design Sprint allows participants to create a
product or solution in a matter of days, not weeks or months like traditional
Thank you to Mike Kim, Mike Edmonds, and the Moonshot team
for hosting their workshop at the Chicago Connectory. We look forward to part 4 of their Design Sprints workshop, register for that session here.