Prototype to Provoke

From touchy topics to tangible design in 5 days.

Workshop Dates: July 30 – Aug 3, 2018

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Rapid prototyping, Build to think, Provocative topics, Provocations, Design research, Research tools Speculative design, Design fiction, User-Centered Design


Are you curious to learn how to approach a thorny design challenge like human genetic modification or substance abuse? Are you excited to design for topics that are taboo or feel unapproachable like gambling or death? When the conversation is hard, a prototype is worth a thousand words.

Learn how to propel design forward by hands-on making instead of lengthy debates. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to approach a challenge by creating early, rapid, and speculative prototypes, ranging from provocative objects to video. Through a high-speed approach to design thinking, we’ll go from next-to-impossible challenges to tangible outcomes in just 5 days. You’ll learn how to iterate your thinking, and stay human-centred by gathering feedback on the prototypes – and how these techniques might apply to your everyday life.

Learning expectations:

Participants will learn

  • Fundamental techniques of Design Thinking
  • Identifying opportunities where design can have meaningful impact and how to turn those into concepts and prototypes
  • How to boost your creative process with rapid prototyping and decision making
  • Creative techniques such as role-playing, analogous inspiration, cultural probes, and guerilla interviews to get unstuck when it feels impossible
  • A variety of prototyping techniques (click-through screen prototypes, rough experience prototyping, audio/visual storytelling) to bring your concepts to life
  • How to use design to put tangible provocations at the center of conversations
  • How speculative design applies to everyday work and life

As designers, we have the ability to lead difficult conversations out of lengthy debate and into tangible, testable solutions. This course gives you both the tools and processes to move forward in creative ways.


None, but if you’re comfortable with just one of these it’s a great bonus:

  • Fundamental human-centered research techniques
  • Rapid concept illustrations (hand drawn or digital)
  • Basic understanding of a graphics tool (Sketch, Illustrator etc)
  • Basic skills with photography, audio OR video storytelling

And an appetite for provocative conversations.

Reading list (optional)

  • Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All (David M. Kelley and Tom Kelley)
  • IDEO / Designs on
  • Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days (Braden Kowitz, Jake Knapp, and John Zeratsky)

Faculty: Kenneth Robertsen and Momo Miyazaki

Where: United Nations City Copenhagen

Participants: People from all over the of the world. All backgrounds are welcomed.

Language: All courses are taught in English

Fee: 7.300 DKK / 980 EUR per workshop. 10% student discount!

Schedule: The workshops generally run from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. Tuesday and Friday’s activities will run until 7 pm.

Enrol nowThere is a maximum number of 20 places available for each workshop, first comes first served. Enrolment will be closed when the workshops are full.

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