human-centered design

Human-centered design thinking is a creative approach to problem-solving that relies on building deep empathy, fostering creative insight, iterative idea creation and receiving real-time feedback to shape a solution that is desireable, viable and feasible. 

The Human-Centered Design mindset starts with the belief that the people who are facing the challenge are the ones who hold insight into the solution. It affirms the inherent human capacity for creativity and empathy, and, together with an intentional process, arrive at new, relevant solutions will create positive impact.

It is a invitation for everyone to become a designer, utilize your unique creative abilities and perspectives, collaborate and co-create, and together transform difficult challenges into opportunities for something new. 

Everyone is a designer

Design Thinking is:

  • Human-Centered - developing deep empathy and understanding the needs and motivations of the people you are designing for.

  • Collaborative - the design process greatly benefits from the views of multiple perspectives and the creativity of others will bolster your own

  • Optimistic - it is believing that we all can create change, no matter how big the problem, how little time or how small the budget. Constraints are part of the design process and are welcomed.

  • Experimental - Design Thinking gives you permission to fail and learn from mistakes. It's the process of generating new ideas, getting and integrating feedback, and iterating. Solutions are always in progress. It is learning by doing. 

Use Design Thinking for any challenge:

  • Products

  • Services

  • Experiences

  • Spaces

  • Processes & Tools

  • Systems

  • Business Models

  • Curriculum Development

  • STEM Challenges

  • Organizational Culture

  • Public Engagement

What does a Make Good school project look like?


We work collaboratively with teachers and school administrators to design projects that will compliment curriculum and school mandates, and meet the learning needs of their students. 


Projects allow students to answer meaningful and complex questions, such as "How might we improve mental wellness in our school, home and community?" or “How might we design a community that is more inclusive?” Projects can be designed to fit also be specific and defined to fit with curriculum subjects.  It could be anything. The important part is in how the students go about answering the questions. 


We guide students and teachers through a human-centered design process:

Throughout the project life-span, students will gain experience collaborating and learning from others, practice turning ideas into testable prototypes, receive and give critical feedback, and work collectively to create something to share with their community. 

Bring Make Good to your school today!

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