Design Gym

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Taught by The Design Gym

We are a group of designers, strategists and thinkers of many stripes. Go to for our full bios. They are too long for this tiny page. 

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Come out for a weekend workout for your creative muscles! We call it The Design Gym. It kicks off Friday night with beers and some fun warm ups and ends on Sunday with presentations of solutions to a difficult real world problem. Saturday we spend diving deep into the hows and whys of Design Thinking. What is Design Thinking? Keep Reading!


We'll talk about how anyone can use the design process to approach their problems - any problem. We'll talk about how understanding the context and constraints of a problem can help you discover the keys to a solution and show examples from real-world challenges.

We'll teach you the best ways to do real-world research and how to use the information you get from real people to help create better solutions. We'll learn how to rapidly ideate, how to sort our ideas to create more ideas, and to how to present our ideas and concepts to teams. You'll walk away with an actionable understanding of design process, storytelling and presentation techniques.


We feel the most important part of learning the design process is real life practice, so that is exactly what we’re bringing you.

Saturday will be spent working on a brief prepared by your Design Gym hosts in a hands-on workshop atmosphere.

We'll be partnering with the New York State Department of Health for our Sunday client challenge! The class will be tackling problems around patient adherence to HIV medication. Joining us will be Megan Haseltine, a Contract Manager with the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.  Working in the Community-Based HIV Prevention and Primary Care Services Section for close to four years, she oversees federal and state funded grants totaling approximately $2.5million. The majority of her responsibilities involve providing technical assistance to NYSDOH funded community-based health centers, hospitals, and county health departments on topics related to the provision of HIV Primary Care, HIV Medical Case Management and HIV testing services.  She is a NYS Licensed Master in Social Work with direct service experience working with persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families, as well as with victims of intimate partner violence.

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The Design Gym is founded and run by a group of friends who use these skills every day. We practice in Fortune 500 companies, top design strategy firms, and global social investment organizations. We've worked with the good, the bad, and the ugly and want to share what we've learned along the way. Get the bios on the website.


Our friends from Jump Kitchen are going to cater the whole event, so you can focus on the work, not your stomach.


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