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Design, theory and practice

A workshop to try your hand at the creative project approach and learn to work with designers.


Academic goal

What have been the great challenges of design since the beginning of serial manufacturing in the XIX century until the emergence of interface design and service design ? We will study some historical examples and great masters of design to find the roots of design as we know it today.

A group project and some practical exercises will also help to experience the process of building creative projects and to try some classical tools used by designers.

By the end of these 2 days, the attendees will:

  • have a good general knowledge of design (history and current landscape)
  • know the different design fields and be able to conceive a design brief be able to conduct an efficient and creative design process as a team

This module is for:

  • every one eager to discover design and its different fields
  • (future) project leaders who need tools to work with external or internal designers
  • project leaders who need tools for creation and innovation


Day 1


Design History 2H
The Design Tool Box 2H

Introduction of typical design processes and design tools that are used by designers daily.
Practical exercise : conception of a design process on a given subject with the aim to find creative solutions.


Project time 3H

Introduction of a group design project (presentation of the subject and some inspiring examples).
Presentation of the first steps and deliverables.
Group mentoring.
End of the day : the groups will present to each other their first intent.

Day 2


Design landscape 1H

Panorama of different design fields and introduction of French and international design studios.

Case studies 1H

Presentation of practical design cases that show different aspects of the profession.

Project time 2H

Presentation of the formalization steps and expected deliverables.
Group mentoring.


Project time (restitution included) 3H

Finalization of the design proposals (1H). Presentation in front of a jury (2H).


Claire Lapassat


Guillaume Gourbeix

Creative strategist

Xavier Auffret


Practical information

Duration 14 H / 2D.
Location The Design Spot
Fees Free


Get started

This course is provided in French on a regular basis and is accessible via online registration.

If you wish to receive this training in English, please fill in the form below. Please note that this course requires a minimum number of 5 participants and can be pursued by up to 20 participants.