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Creative and design thinking

TGS course Creative and Design Thinking

By Geke Ludden & Armağan Karahanoğlu

The course will be a combination of preparation by the participants (recorded lectures and homework) and a workshop of full day and writing a short reflection.


  1. Read the following articles on creativity and design thinking: Dam & Siang https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/design-thinking-a-quick-overview Piffer https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1871187112000326
  2. Prepare one question per paper that we can discuss during the workshop. 
  3. Think about a recent or actual organization or communication problem in your PhD project. The problem should not be related to the content of your PhD but to the process. For example, you might have problems writing a paper in collaboration with others or with organizing different activities. Write down in a few sentences what the problem is and how you have tried to solve it. Now formulate a question that you would like to find the answer(s) to with the group. Selected problems will be the subject of the creativity exercises.

Activities of the Workshop

Starts at 09:30 in DesignLab

Introductions and getting to know
Warm-up exercises
Creativity techniques

There will be lunch and coffee breaks in between the rounds.

After the workshop, you will write a reflection on how creativity techniques have helped generating new ideas OR a plan to integrate design thinking and creativity/creativity techniques in your project in the future. Details will follow.

  • Course code

    CT-2011 and CT-2012

  • Programme is for

    For PhDs who would like to benefit (in work and life) from adopting designerly ways of thinking and doing and who would like to learn and work with creativity techniques that they can directly apply to their PhD project.

  • ECTS

    The study load for this course is roughly equivalent to 1 ECTS.

  • Date

    12 May 2023 (The Gallery - room INFORM)

  • Time

    The course will be a combination of preparation by the participants (recorded lectures and homework) and a workshop of a full day and writing a short reflection.

  • Location


  • Course fee

    This training will be paid for by central funds. Participation is in consultation with your supervisor.

  • Maximum participants

    Maximum of 25 participants

  • Trainers

    Geke Ludden

    Armağan Karahanoğlu

  • Course materials

    Course materials will be provided during the training.

Further information
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