As design thinking is becoming more valuable in industry, relevant design skills would be great for students to have. However, teaching the design process is time consuming and difficult. How might we help educators better faciliate design-led project courses?


A community-based platform for educators to share and discuss design resources and course syllabi.

My Role  + 

I worked alongside SAP and The Design Lab at UCSD on building a prototype for Cookbook to present to stakeholders. I helped conduct user research, develop high fidelity wireframes, and establish the visual brand of the product.

Tools: Sketch, InVision

Skills: user research, storyboarding, prototyping, visual design

Team: Rachel Chen, Rahul Ramath, Rohit Kapoor, Michael Yang, Rana Chakrabati

Problem Space

Coming into the project, SAP had already done initial research on the problem space. They found that while professors were interested in learning more about teaching design-led courses, they faced difficulties when transitioning to teaching project based courses due to a few reasons:

  1. Professors who typically teach lecture based courses take almost 3x the effort to prepare and run project based courses.

  2. Many design resources aren't targeted towards professors, meaning they would have to spend extra time thinking about how they can incorporate these methodologies into their course curriculum.

Research Methods

Research Methods

Before diving into solutions, my team sought to learn the process educators went through when building their course-curriculums. To understand their needs, we used various research methods such conducting in-depth interviews and participatory design. We were able to uncover interesting insights on what educators found useful and how we could make planning courses easier for them:


Storyboards + Journey Map

My team wanted to better understand the process educators went through as they planned out their course criteria. To do this, we created a persona to build a narrative, and mapped out her user journey to our platform. We then had faculty walk through the user journey and provide feedback, which allowed us to identify pain points in the process.


My team presenting our storyboard to professors at UC San Diego, posting feedback and comments on post-it notes along the way.

Our Solution: Cookbook

From all our research and findings, we came up with Cookbook – a collection of teaching "recipes" to help professors teach design-thinking in their project courses. 

Check out our interactive prototype here! The core functions of the website:


Categorized recipes: Recipes divided up to cater to the educator's needs.

Categorized recipes: Recipes divided up to cater to the educator's needs.


Accessible resources: Each recipe provides the necessary resources to get started.


Community: Professors are able to contribute and engage in discussion with other educators.

Community: Professors are able to contribute and engage in discussion with other educators.

Presenting to stakeholders

Final presentation with stakeholders

The Design Lab and SAP team led a 3-day workshop where 20 educators from different state colleges came to participate in design-thinking activities, and shared their experiences teaching project-based courses.

My team presented our project to the group and received positive feedback about our product, and expressed interest about incorporating design-thinking into their classroom.


Thanks for reading!

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