Design Thinking Research

DESIGN THINKING RESEARCH

At the Innovation Hub, we co-create better futures using design research

DESIGN THINKING RESEARCH

The Innovation Hub takes a design thinking approach that focuses on collecting qualitative data through conversations and storytelling and translating the themes and insights from the data into design criteria. Our approach is highly collaborative and the engaging nature of our work generates excitement about our projects in the U of T community. Additionally, we focus on ensuring that all stakeholders can participate in the consultation process for the project. Our emphasis of designing with students and other community members leads to increased positive sentiment from all stakeholders, as the final design unveils a vision where students can see their needs and insights reflected.

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PEER TO PEER CONSULTATION MODEL

The Innovation Hub takes a design thinking approach that focuses on collecting qualitative data through conversations and storytelling and translating the themes and insights from the data into design criteria. The approach is highly collaborative and engaging and will generate positive energy in the U of T community about this project. Additionally, attention is focused on ensuring that all stakeholders can participate in the consultation process for the project. This process of designing with rather than for students and other occupants of the space leads to increased positive sentiment from all stakeholders in the final design and unveiling as folks see themselves and their needs and input reflected in the final design.

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TIMELINE

We are committed to keep our partners informed. This is an overview of the stages and activities involved in our design research projects. Our team of experienced student researchers and designers work closely with the partners to understand their needs, explore new possibilities, and develop solutions that drive meaningful change.

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Project Kick-off

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Environmental Scan & Stakeholder Sessions

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Student Feedback Sessions

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Co-Creation Sessions

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Report Findings

DELIVERABLES

We are committed to keep our partners informed. This is an overview of the stages and activities involved in our design research projects. Our team of experienced student researchers and designers work closely with the partners to understand their needs, explore new possibilities, and develop solutions that drive meaningful change.

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Comprehensive Environmental Scan

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Initial Feedback Report

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Final Report & Presentation

COST-RECOVERY MODEL

Once we’ve met with you to discuss your project needs, we’ll create a project proposal that includes all fees. The Innovation Hub offers consultant-quality design thinking in an affordable cost-recovery pricing model that supports student employment. In a full-year project, we ask you to pay the cost of student salaries (typically a casual Team Lead role at 20 hours per week plus 4 work-study students, participant compensation in TBucks, and any other direct costs associated with carrying out your project.  Your project directly generates employment for students across all degree and study levels. The Innovation Hub covers all overhead costs of supporting student teams. Project pricing ranges from $25,000 - $35,000 depending on the scope of the project.

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READY TO GET STARTED?

Please click the link below to tell us more about your project idea and we’ll connect with you to discuss.

WANT A QUICK CONSULTATION WITH STUDENTS?

Sometimes a design research project is out of scope or budget right now. We understand. We offer a limited number of quick student consultations where we meet with a small group of students to discuss one issue on behalf of a partner.