Need help getting a new project or idea off the ground? Looking for new ways to energize your teams? Need a speaker for an upcoming event? We got you.
We’ve built our own practice and projects using an exploratory approach that we’ve honed for more than a decade. We like digging into the chaos of new work and teams and we’ve developed a series of workshops, facilitations, and exercises that jump start ideas and discourse - and most importantly, get results. Below are a few of our offerings.
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DISCOVERY & Planning WORKSHOPS
“I’m an unpromising beginning and I can start something.” - Brian Eno
We can often become overwhelmed by how to begin. In truth, we begin by beginning. Our discovery and strategic planning workshops are structured to uncover, discuss, and develop the first kernels of ideas into a clear vision with defined next steps.
TEAMS: Workshops can be tailored for a few team members or many. We have experience facilitating both small teams of designers, writers, and managers and large leadership teams for top tier organizations, institutions, and corporations.
ACTIVITIES: Workshop activities are designed to meet the goals of each individual client. Most workshops include discovery sessions, targeted and concise project planning, and experience design charrettes.
OUTCOMES: Workshop outcomes are documented and summarized by our team based on the particular needs of each client. Typical deliverables codify the vision, objectives, and experience goals developed during facilitated sessions and summarize the strategic context and process for future phases of development.
team-centered & Performative workshops
Collaborate like you mean it. Good work doesn’t come into the world from one set of hands, it is shaped by many voices, many perspectives, and many disciplines. Our team-centered workshops are designed to reframe conversations and interactions between team members. These are often playful and always unexpected. We all need to shake things up from time to time.
TEAMS: Whether you need a team to communicate more effectively or get a break from their day to day, we can design a workshop that challenges and reveals all the best stuff your team has to work with.
ACTIVITIES: Workshops can range from design challenges and team-based exercises to more performance-based work using techniques from Viewpoints, Movement methods, dance, Improvisation, other theater and arts disciplines, and even round-table ideation exercises. Each workshop is uniquely designed to meet the needs of your specific team.
OUTCOMES: For team-centered workshops, outcomes are long-term. Teams learn to work together over time and with lots of opportunities to practice and collaborate within new modes of interaction. Our workshops are one piece of that system.
Experience Prototyping workshops
In some cases we know our audiences, we know our content, but we need time to experiment with how best to connect the two. We have decades of experience experimenting with new technologies, interaction paradigms, and experience choreography.
TEAMS: We guide teams who are expert at or have limited backgrounds and expertise with experimental prototyping. When diverse teams come to the table with varied disciplines and perspectives and a common goal in mind, amazing things can happen.
ACTIVITIES: Working closely with your teams, we develop a series of quick and iterative design sessions that allow us to build, test, and experiment with new ways to connect with audiences. We bring with us a kit of parts that act as the basic foundations for prototype development.
OUTCOMES: Not only do we ideate, build, and test onsite with your audiences, we capture and document the observations and outcomes of the visitor-focused activities and experiences we develop together in the workshop. The workshop deliverables enable institutions to understand and illustrate the experiential and strategic value of creating new kind of visitor interaction paradigms that can be further developed across a host of platforms.
Just need a speaker? We do that to. We’ve been lucky enough to have spoken and lead workshops at some of the finest institutions, conferences and events on the planet. Here are a few:
OFFF - BARCELONA
THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM
OREGON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY
SEGD 2018 / EXHIBITION & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
THE CITY OF PORTLAND - PARKS & RECREATION
COMMUNICATING THE MUSEUM, CHICAGO 2018
COMMUNICATING THE MUSEUM, QUEBEC 2016
RICHEMONT / CARTIER
SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS NYC
MAKE + THINK + CODE
INTERNATIONAL INTERIOR DESIGN ASSOCIATION
MUSEUMS & THE WEB
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS
UPCOMING PUBLIC WORKSHOPS
APRIL 11th, PNCA / MAKE+THINK+CODE
APRIL 12th, DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND