Google had far more design challenges than designers to tackle them.
So I created a hands-on workshop to empower non-designers across the company.
The design problem: How could we empower people across Google to do their own basic design work?
Googlers were keen to learn design tools. We needed to elevate design knowledge. This workshop was a Trojan horse: Participants would learn Adobe Fireworks—a standard design tool—by working through exercises that helped them become more design-aware. They became better partners to the UX team.
I taught over 700 non-designers about basic visual & user interface design, user experience research, and design process. This two-day, intensive hands-on design workshop featured a curriculum tightly coupled with the prototyping tool. Through exercises, group projects, and design critiques, participants elevated their knowledge and practiced protoyping across a range of problems.
This program was a small part of Google's design renaissance. It ultimately became the most popular Googler-run educational course. Working closely with Google’s great engineering education team, we worked to scale and align the program with Google’s long-term engineering needs.
An example of a completed visual design exercise from the workshop.