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Design Thinking

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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. 

In-Person Studio Use

Capen Annex is open for limited capacity use by appointment only. Please see the In-Person Studio Use page for details about space use and safety training requirements.


Join our annual Halloween workshop on zoom! Drop in to any of these three zoom rooms on Friday, October 23rd, from 7-9pm EST.

  • For aspiring Frankensteins, join the wearable electronics workshop where you can add some spark to your night by sewing LEDs onto your costume! Demos of a light-up headband project will run every half hour at 7pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm, but feel free to join the room at any time to light up your costume any way you'd like.
  • Have you been procrastinating on your costume? Come join our beginner-friendly costume-making workshop to develop sewing skills and create some creepy costumes! 
  • If you’d like to make or enjoy spooky snacks, feel free to bring your friends and join our Halloween bash in the general room. You can expect Halloween-themed good music, baking, crafting, and vegetable carving activities.

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Design Thinking Initiative

146 Elm Street
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

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