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Design Thinking For Startups

Design: Understanding, Thinking, Making

Communication is key in startups, from co-founder relationships to team management to investor relations; design mindsets and methods can help you become a better collaborator in your startup team.

Learn how to explain and comprehend ideas visually using design-thinking with Gray Garmon, Director of Integrated Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin.

In this Lunch and Learn workshop, we will discuss and practice three methods from Human-Centered Design that focus on active listening, sensemaking, and sketching. This will be a hands-on and collaborative session.


Gray Garmon is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Integrated Design in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas in Austin. Before UT, Garmon was a faculty member at Southern Methodist University and co-founder of the Master of Arts in Design and Innovation program. He practices human-centered design (HCD): a problem-solving approach widely used in industry, governments, schools and NGOs. HCD focuses on people first. Through specific qualitative research methods, he comes to understand the context in which people are functioning and how understanding behaviors, emotions and motivations can lead to better design solutions.

Garmon holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science of Architectural Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. Garmon served in Peace Corps Ghana from 2007-2009, is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, and a University of Pennsylvania Social Impact Fellow. His recent design work includes a partnership with a health clinic and school in the western region of Ghana, an urban plaza prototype called Reimagine Crowdus St., and an NEA funded interactive art project called the WonderPhone.