MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Design Lab: You

Jenny Jin, Tracy Cheng, MIT SB 2017, Course 2A

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 12 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

This IAP 4 day workshop introduces tools of human-centered design thinking and design sprints —employed by Google and IDEO in product development — and applies them to the most important product of our lives: ourselves.  You will quickly learn the methodology of human-centered design - mindsets, needfinding, inspiration, ideation, rapid prototyping, tracking data, and iteration.  You’ll apply the methodology and tools towards designing towards a case study or leadership challenge from your own life.  The opportunity in this product design challenge is that you are designing for a very specific user of one, and you are in the position of knowing that user the best.  Designing for our own lives has never felt or been that straightforward.  Why?  These are the interesting questions that we will be adopting a child's mind towards probing and discussing with a community of fellow students and facilitators.  Preference towards freshmen and sophomores.

 To register for this course, please send an email to both Jenny ( and Tracy ( to reserve your slot.



Sponsor(s): Edgerton Center
Contact: Jenny Jin,

Session One

Jan/09 Mon 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402
Jan/11 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402
Jan/13 Fri 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402
Jan/18 Wed 01:00PM-03:00PM 4-402

Jenny Jin, Tracy Cheng - MIT SB 2017, Course 2A