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Design Thinking

Student looking at string of lights

Design in service of broad social issues.

The world around us is largely shaped by design—the products, services, infrastructures, systems and narratives that form our experience are all designed. At Smith College, we question gender, race, ethnicity, power and ability as dynamics that shape who gets to participate in creating the world in which we live. Students become critically engaged with the processes shaping our reality, making representations, and fabricating working prototypes. 


A Space for Making

The Design Thinking Initiative is housed in Capen Annex, a space designed and dedicated to hands-on creativity and experimentation. Participants engage in group work, high- and low-tech prototyping, and collaborative idea generation.

Exterior view of Capen Annex


Design Thinking Initiative

146 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3653
Fax: 413-585-3655