Spring Prototyping Fund Deadline Is Announced: February 8th, 5:00 PM

The NYU Prototyping Fund is a program offered through a collaboration between the Design Lab @ NYU Tandon MakerSpace and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute. Its primary objective is to provide students with the encouragement, resources, and tools necessary to bring your ideas to life. The prototypes you build with these funds should help you articulate and test your assumptions and move to the next stage of product development. Awards Overview• Awards will be granted twice per year…

Making the MakerSpace Even More Interactive

A Trio of Design “Interventions” Engages Students in New Ways. On any given visit, the word that comes to mind is “bustling,” with students busily 3D-printing various projects, skillfully deploying laser cutters, or even simply working on class assignments or chatting. While there is a growing body of research on academic makerspaces like the one at Tandon, it has been hard for researchers to gain a meaningful understanding of the ways in which people use…

Make, Learn from Users, Iterate and Reframe: Themes from the Prototyping Fund Showcase.

“There are a lot of things to be worried about these days, but if you focus on trying to create new things, your curiosity can outgrow your fear.” David Delgado, a visual strategist at NASA’s JPL On the morning of Thursday, December 6, the MakerSpace EventSpace bustled with energy and ideas. Curiosity was definitely at the party as students from across the University presented their creations from the Fall2018 Prototyping Fund. Projects ranged from 3D…

Design Lab’s Stories #3: Urban Food Lab

While We Are the New Farmers was launched as a venture (see our previous story), the vertical farm that the team had created stayed in the MakerSpace and became the Urban Lab VIP project. Omar Gowayed, one of the members of the original team, shares with us the story of the Urban Lab. This is a passionate story about food and sustainability, but also about  iteration, experiential learning and community engagement.  We hope you’ll enjoy…

Why Design Thinking Matters?

Paper by Anne-Laure Fayard Published: 27 November 2018 _____________ Design thinking has been an important management trend over the last decade. As innovation has become a strategic imperative for companies, taking a design thinking approach seems like a perfect model for developing new products and services that will increase customer satisfaction and loyalty. Yet these developments can be quite self-centered and local. They ignore the not-always-positive impact that innovation may have on other humans, other…