Self-Designed Education

Photo by Negative Space on My first full-time job in university administration was working as an adviser at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. As the name implies, students at Gallatin designed their own major (called a "concentration" in Gallatin parlance), drawing not only on Gallatin's curriculum of interdisciplinary seminars... Continue Reading →

(Re)Design Your Summer Internship

Photo by Prateek Katyal on As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the American economy, many students are seeing their summer internships cancelled and even withdrawn by employers. Even those fortunate enough to still have an internship are likely to have a summer experience very different that the one they imagined months ago when they interviewed... Continue Reading →

Your Virtual Ideation Team

A key part of Life Design is the idea of "radical collaboration", the bringing together of a diverse group of individuals with different experiences, skills, backgrounds and outlooks as a way to increase both the number and the variety of ideas that are generated. With many in-person workshops moving to an asynchronous virtual format, many... Continue Reading →

Generative Acceptance

New video out from the godfathers of Life Design, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans in which they discuss the concept of Generative Acceptance. COVID-19 is a gravity problem that has ushered in a new reality (or as they describe it, a "new normal" that will soon just become our "normal"). Accepting this reality is a... Continue Reading →

5 Common Pitfalls in Defining the Problem

In my experience working with students as both an academic adviser and as a Life Design Educator, I’ve observed that students often stumble into a few common pitfalls when trying to define the problem facing them. These include: Defining a problem as an either/or question. Should I work at Google or Facebook? Pursue academia or... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Defining the Problem

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the “DEFINE” step in the Design Thinking process. With everything going on in our lives, it’s tempting to speed through this step and start generating ideas and potential prototypes. I’m guilty of this in my own workshops and programs, often devoting only a couple of minutes to defining... Continue Reading →


Welcome to the blog of my site, Education * Designed. This is where I will be posting the thoughts, ideas, and prototypes that I am working on in my role as Director of Life Design for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Over the next weeks and months, my colleagues... Continue Reading →

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