OCAD U CO

Design Thinking Facilitation in Toronto

Design thinking facilitation

We facilitate creative problem-solving, research, and training in our stunning new facility on the waterfront.
Our approach is grounded in a rigorous and disciplined approach to the creative process: problem framing, user research, prototyping, and implementation. We also specialize in strategic foresight, inclusive design, systems thinking, and approaches that humanize emerging technologies to increase adoption and de-risk innovation.

WHY OCAD U CO?

Learn Design Thinking from leading designers
  • More than just a step-by-step process, we’ve built our program to develop the competencies needed to start thinking and acting like a designer.

  • Built on the deep knowledge we’ve built over 100 years of teaching designers and leading design in Canada, our programs are led by leading design experts who use these skills everyday in their own practice as designers.

  • When you complete our Design Thinking training program, you’ll recieve a certificate and digital badge from OCAD U CO, to share your certification online.
Use real projects, get real results
  • Our program invites you to work on a real challenge – you’ll think big about possibilities, but you’ll also generate real, actionable, and feasible results.

  • We’ve combined foresight and systems design with our design thinking programming, to get you thinking about more possibilities and to deeply understand the context you’ll be working in.

  • You’ll walk away with a plan to continue design thinking in your work – and you’ll have the skills you need to get to action faster.
Learn by doing in a design studio environment
  • We don’t do lectures – to learn design you have to do design, and we get you rolling up your sleeves – early and often – to dig in to the work.

  • Our skilled facilitators are design leaders, who are experts in guiding you through creative activities to get you thinking and working differently.

  • Our Design Thinking program takes place in a modern, studio environment on Toronto’s waterfront

Our Process

The OCAD U CO Design Thinking Bootcamp is a 5-day experience where you’ll go end-to-end in a real design thinking challenge and reflect on what it means to lead a design-led movement in your team or organization.
Through this experience,
you’ll learn to:
  • Frame future opportunities​
  • Understand people’s needs​
  • Create & Test new ideas​
  • Deliver / organize new value to your team and to your clients
Day 1: Foresight
Framing the Problem
  • Learning about tools you can use to engage your team and organization to examine future possibilities.
  • Trying out new techniques for uncovering hidden opportunities in your organization and sector.
  • Developing a mindset of eagerness to explore future opportunities, and building confidence in dealing with complexity and uncertainty.
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Day 2: People Insights
Human-Centered Design
  • Learning ways to examine the needs of end users.
  • Trying out new techniques for uncovering unmet needs of users and other stakeholders.
  • Developing a mindset of openness and curiosity. Building a newfound humbleness when learning what drives people.
Day 3: Create + Build
Ideation and Concept Development
  • Learning tools to engage your team and organization in creativity sessions to develop new ideas.
  • Trying new techniques that will guide you to use different creativity tools in a structured manner.
  • Developing a can-do mindset. A new found pragmatism that constraints are only leading to new possibility.
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Day 4: Prototyping
Experimentation
  • Learning tools to engage your team and organization in working sessions to examine the need of end users.​
  • Trying new techniques for uncovering unmet needs of users and other stakeholders.
  • Developing a mindset of openness and curiosity. Building a newfound humbleness when learning what drives people.​
Day 5: Value Creation
Building a Business Case
  • Learning tools to engage your team and organization in sessions to identify and qualify new value.
  • Trying new techniques that will guide you to use different value generation tools in a structured manner.
  • Building a mindset on value generation that is systemic and inclusive, while achieving results.

How we help

You will receive guided, real-time mentorship from OCAD U CO coaches that will develop in-house capabilities. We work with you to design custom engagements that get real work done and embed new ways of working in your team.​

The Design Thinking Bootcamp helps you identify, create and deliver new value to your organization. This hands on workshop will lead you through design thinking processes, taught by professionals who live, breathe, and teach design. Together we’ll explore how human-centred design thinking can help teams develop innovative solutions for complex challenges faced by organizations today.

Clients we've worked with

Major global organizations turn to OCAD U CO to facilitate creative problem-solving:
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Team up with design and innovation experts

Talk to us about your team and we’ll help you identify the best solution to suit your needs.
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