Visual Bio + On Snow Coaches as Designers
Getting ready for the 90 Minute Design Challenge with the on-snow staff this morning, it hit me that it was a good time for a visual bio. After 22 years of teaching English, books are getting replaced with sticky notes, surveys, and generative graphic organizers. But, all the years of seeing the world from another point of view, understanding another setting, considering point of view, valuing the messy generative, considering purpose and audience, and getting to thesis and evidence makes me realize Garrison Kellior is right on about the MA in English literature.
Mark Godomsky asked me work with the on-snow coaches and consider their on campus working space in the basement of Holden. The design thinking process, he thought, was a good way to get all the voices in the room and to see patterns, needs, and solutions. For me, this was a tipping point in the culture of Gould: design thinking, a relatively unknown term last year, was starting to get some traction.
We planned a 60 minute design challenge which turned into 120 minute session. The session started with identifying patterns in a survey filled out by the coaches, identifying themes from the patterns, taking field notes, and then working in small groups to generate blueprints.