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Latest Past Programmes

Storytelling for User Research: Unlock new insights through the power of story!

National Design Centre 111 Middle Road

Understanding the people we design for is critical to the design process, but sometimes it’s difficult to draw out those personal experiences that allow us to gain fresh perspectives on a challenge. It’s even harder to make sense of our research findings, and uncover new meaning that provides insights we can design towards. 

Great designers know that stories hold almost magical power in the design process – and we’re here with an exciting new masterclass that will allow you to build your skills in storytelling for user research! 

- Build trust through stories 
- Create the environment that allows stories to flow 
- Spot the patterns and meanings in peoples’ stories 
- Identify the emotional journeys in the stories you hear 
- Turn stories into conversations that inform your sensemaking  

Kickstart the New Year by supercharging your design skills at this hands-on, two-day programme brought to you by experienced storytelling designers at the School of X. 

This masterclass is for you even if you don’t see yourself as a “natural” storyteller. Through the safe space stories create, and the non-judgmental environment of this class, you will be able to tap into your own storytelling talents, and find creative insights in the process that will enable your user research activities to become stronger and more meaningful.  

During the programme you will learn techniques and skills that will allow you to understand how: 

- stories take shape,  
- to draw authentic stories out of people,  
- to identify relevant insights,  
- to bring those insights into framing your challenge, and  
- to design solutions that make a difference. 

Above all, we are confident you will have fun with us and like-minded participants! 

Date: Thursday 11th & 18th January 2024 
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm 
Venue: National Design Centre, Level 2, Auditorium (map) 
Fee: $400 per person 
Facilitators: Tzang Merwyn Tong and Tamsin Greulich-Smith 
Please note: lunch is not provided. 
There are no course pre-requisites: this masterclass is open to all. 

Pals of Possibilities Design Sprints

National Design Centre 111 Middle Road

Come and play with us!!

School of X is delighted to collaborate with design agency BLACK at the Playground of Possibilities.

If you haven’t visited the inflatable Pals of Possibilities at the National Design Centre yet, this is the sign you’ve been looking for to come over and flex your design muscles while you’re at it!

We are running four FREE lunchtime design activities, each one ‘hosted’ by a different Pal, to help you Explore, Empathise, Imagine, and Adapt as you create new design concepts to tackle challenges we care about.

At each session, you’ll get to:

Enjoy and practice a key design skill with guidance from a School of X coach
Tackle a common challenge with like-minded people
Contribute to the design inflatables and watch them morph into something new

Monday 6th November, 12.30pm – 1.30pm: Imagine with us
Wednesday 8th November, 12.30pm – 1.30pm: Adapt with us

About Playground of Possibilities

A festival commission of Singapore Design Week 2023 and curated by @jacksonphunk of @black.sg, the exhibition at the National Design Centre presents four colourful landscapes – Explore, Empathise, Imagine, and Adapt – with an array of exciting, experiential installations addressing some of today’s most pressing challenges.

DesignSingapore Council’s School of X has worked with BLACK to create four design activation stations under each of these themes to allow visitors to experience the design process themselves, and to bring visitor contribitions into the Pals of Possibilities inflatable installations which are part of the exhibition.

Design for Women’s Wellness

Event Plaza, Marina Bay Sands 10 Bayfront Avenue

Join us for a fast-paced 1-hour design thinking workshop to unpack barriers to wellness for urban women, and generate innovative, impactful solutions. Our industry partners are looking for new ideas to implement!

Tickets ($30/pax) are limited. Sign-up now!