The Design Lab Archives

Events & News

Spring 2016

May 31, 2016
Maria Camacho hosted a Studio Session in The Design Lab titled “Designing for Social Good.” Ms. Maria Camacho lectures and does research at the Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn, Australia. Her research focuses on strategic & transformative design (design thinking and complexity) and product innovation design.


May 28, 2016
Prototyping Workshop


May 25, 2016
The Microvideo Open Reception showcased the Microvideo which is a multichannel display of research shorts assembled from across UCSD faculty, grads, and undergrads from across disciplines. Microvideo is curated for the CalIt2 lobby by Design Lab Creative in partnership with CAT (Culture, Art Technology) and the Visual Arts Department and sponsored by CalIt2. Microvideo will remain on view weekdays from May 25th to September 2016. Thanks to Urban Planning and the Visual Arts department for their support!


May 20, 2016
In this dance and movement workshop, Performing In Time: Making While Moving, value was placed on going nowhere, on attention, our visceral sense of movement and on perceiving and shaping our experience at the same time. This workshop was presented by UCSD Theater Professor, Liam Clancy.


May 16, 2016
Check out the full Link2Design Event below!

Hosted at The Basement at UC San Diego, Link2Design introduced students to the growing design industry in San Diego – demonstrating the power and value of design as a driver for San Diego’s economy, industry, civic infrastructure and quality of life.


May 14, 2016
The Design Lab contributed to the event CS Girls Day Out, in which high school girls came in to learn about what some of our locals were working on in the Computer Science field.


May 10, 2016
Don Norman has been conferred the Degree of Laurea Honoris Causa in Industrial Design by the University of the Republic of San Marino, recognizing the significant contribution he has made as a world-renowned expert on product design and user-centered design.
This is Don’s third honorary degree.


April 30, 2016
“The Challenges of Partially Automated Driving,” a paper by Stephen M. Casner, Edwin L. Hutchins, and Don Norman, has been published in the Communications of the ACM. Click here to read a copy from the website!


April 17, 2016
As part of the Design Lab’s ongoing celebration of our city’s vibrant and talented design and startup communities, we held the April Design Mixer in the park with your fellow teammates — the designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and organizers whose passion, dedication, and collaboration have brought this city to the tipping point that will rewrite its future.


April 12, 2016
In this workshop, Andres Tellez presented the research he has conducted in design education throughout his academic career, his findings about the expression and development of empathy in design students, and his ideas about how to promote this ability by embracing human-centered design as an educational strategy.


March 10, 2016
Presentations were held for prospective Computer Science and Engineering students from all over to if they would be interested in attending UC San Diego to pursue their degrees. 5 minute presentations were given showcasing some of the interesting work being done in the Design Lab!


March 8, 2016
Designer and artist Ali Momeni (Professor of Visual Arts, Carnegie Mellon University) was a part of the Studio Session on Urban Projection–the practice of using projection technology to activate ideas and research in public space and real time. This studio session explored urban projection as a tool for public intervention, understanding its technologies, rubrics for creating community partnerships, and strategies for identifying content.


March 3, 2016
SAP Workshop Visit

Winter 2016

February 26, 2016
Click here to read about Don Norman’s book on design, The Design of Everyday Things, being featured on Vox.

Watch below to see the video Vox put out about Don Norman and his thoughts on human-centered design.


February 23, 2016 
Open Design Hours are a time for design thinking and design doing at the Design Lab. It is intended to help all active design projects, whether they are just getting started or nearing completion.


February 12, 2016 
Malte Jung, an Assistant Professor in Information Science at Cornell University, recently visited the Design Lab to talk about his research on the intersection of teamwork, robots, and emotion. Click here to check out a photo album of his talk, Robots and the Dynamics of Emotions in Teams.


February 8, 2016
Don Norman is in the news! Click here to see what the San Diego Union Tribune has to say about our director.


February 5, 2016
Presentations were held for prospective Cognitive Science students from all over to see if they would be interested in attending UC San Diego to pursue their degrees. 5 minute presentations were given showcasing some of the interesting work being done in the Design Lab! Click here to check out a photo album of the CogSci Presentations for Prospective Students.


February 2, 2016
Dr. Vivienne Ming recently gave her talk, Finding My Muse: Engineering Superpowers to Maximize Human Potential, in the Design Lab. The diverse scope of Dr. Ming’s work revolves around the mission to maximize human potential, creating a world where everyone is able achieve their own unique version of success. During this presentation, Dr. Ming spoke about her work to create inclusive environments for success, the world-changing technology she has developed based on her research, and her latest educational technology aimed at improving the lives of children, Muse.


January 25, 2016
An Arduino Workshop was held in The Design Lab at the request of the student group, Design for America.

Spring 2015

July 1, 2015
Don Norman was in Italy working with our partners the Domus Academy. Click here to read their article about him!


June 29, 2015
UC San Diego Offers Online Courses for Students Specializing in Interaction Design – taught by Scott Klemmer! Check out the story here!


June 2015
– Don Norman spoke with Mariko Hewer of the Association for Psychological Science about the role that psychology should be playing in design. Read the article here.
– Don also appears in an article on LinkedIn about automatic driver cars. Check it out on LinkedIn’s site.


May 18, 2015
Watch below to see Don Norman talk to CNN about Emotional Design.


May 10, 2015
Click here to listen to Scott Klemmer talk to BBC News about Cloud Education. (45 min)


Spring 2015
Co-director Jim Hollan was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Research at the CHI Conference in Seoul, South Korea. Click here to read what the conference had to say about him.

Past Collaborators

Designer in Residence

In January 2016, The Design Lab launched its Designer in Residence program focused on matching design and innovation executives and practitioners with students, faculty, and researchers.  The focus: to tackle real-world challenges through human-centered design.

Andrea Anderson – SAP Vice President for Design Thinking