The Design Thinking room at the HPI D-School is divided into different areas that fulfill different functions for innovative teamwork. In our open "Studio Spaces", up to eight teams work side by side to learn from each other throughout the process. In this way we promote a collaborative "we culture" among the students instead of a competitive mindset.
Our rooms are divided into the following work spaces:
Each Design Thinking team gets its own team space consisting of a high table, two whiteboards and stools. This space is the basis for creative teamwork and can be individually designed by each team. In the Team Space, team members and their coaches come together to work on their project, develop ideas, visualize and document their findings using a variety of Design Thinking methods. The openness of the Studio Space and the proximity to the areas of the other teams encourage creative exchange during the Design Thinking process.
In the Share Space all teams come together to exchange project ideas, learn together and give each other feedback. In the Share Space, our program managers and coaches give short presentations on the different phases and innovation methods in the Design Thinking process. The teams then apply the new knowledge directly in their project work.
Our Network Space has an inviting lounge atmosphere with drinks and music. During the breaks and at events, our students and project partners can relax and network. In addition, our Design Thinking teams also use this space to start teamwork together and to reflect on the workshop day (check-in and check-out).
For the prototyping phase of the Design Thinking process our teams can use the Make Space. There they will find various materials with which they can build their ideas and make them tangible. Here, the teams can produce first analog prototypes from the simplest materials such as paper, cardboard and Lego. But the Make Space also offers the possibility to develop larger models made of wood or foam or refined prototypes with 3D printing and other digital tools.
Video: The physical team space