I hadn’t even been a quote-unquote design thinker for a full week before my alma mater contacted me.
I’d just finished basking in the glory of my first social media post as a full-fledged graduate student. And not just a grad student–but an Emerging Media Design and Development grad student…whatever that meant.
All I knew on my first day of grad school was that I was in the right place. I knew I didn’t want to focus on what I’d been doing in my undergraduate career. Hiding behind a camera or the task bar of an Adobe editor had its charms, but it was too lonely for me. I needed interaction. I needed flesh and blood.
I needed to learn design thinking.
And apparently, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to learn, too. Because shortly after I posted on social media that I’d started design thinking school, I got a private Facebook message from an old middle school teacher of mine.
I was delighted to hear from Mr. V after all of these years, and apparently, my teacher was glad he’d found my post. Turned out that the very school I graduated from nearly a decade earlier, The Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis, needed some design thinking advice.
According to Mr. V, he and a handful of my other fondly-remembered teachers attended a design thinking workshop over the summer, where they determined that they were going to work toward revamping their existing Holocaust museum.
This was news to me–I didn’t even know that there was a museum located inside of the school boundaries. At the time of Mr. V’s message, I had to put the advice-giving on hold, as I’d barely even began my graduate education at that point. But within a few weeks, he and I were on a conference call with the rest of the interested HHAI teachers, everyone eager to soak up what I had to offer.
In all honesty, I still didn’t have much, yet. But I was able to confirm the five steps of design thinking for them, along with the promise that I would confer with a professor or two about the giant project that was becoming the revitalizing of a Holocaust museum.
It turned out that I never even needed to ask my professor for help because he presented a semester-long project idea to the class in which we would construct a “game plan” for a theoretical transmedia (cross-platform storytelling) story world–which just so happened to fit the needs of the Holocaust museum perfectly.
Thus, I got to work. (To Be Continued…)