»Design Thinking«

The mindset of human-centered innovation

Design Thinking is a process for creating elegant user-centered solutions in multidisciplinary teams. But it’s much more than that: it is a mindset — another way of tackling challenges: empathetic and hands-on. Don’t talk, do! Implemented in daily work, the problem-solving potential of Design Thinking finds its expression in the form of a living innovation culture. This is even more the case when truly desireable solutions are sought. How this works in detail can be experienced in this workshop. In this two weeks you will experience and learn core competencies for your work in creative and innovative fields.

You will go through the whole Design Thinking process multiple times in small teams. It starts with understanding the challenge, doing field research, to find a point of view; ideate on your insights to create prototypes and test your solution with users. You and your team are the most valuable resources. It is important to broach conflicts, create dynamics and make use of the different team competences for the right tasks. Therefore, we give guidance and tutorials full of creative methods — like idea-typing and brainswarming — which you will use freely and extensively to provoke a lot of ideas.  

Design Thinking is structured, quick and dirty. It is always time-timed, which enforces quick decision making, in order to push for wild and spontaneous ideas. This mood is perfect to come up with truly innovative solutions for products or services. The goal is to become empathetic with your user and create the perfect solution. You will work with your head and with your hands. That means no computer, no endless lectures, no powerpoint slides, no e-mails and no documents, but a lot of movement, interaction, intuition, fun and an ocean of post-its. Don’t worry, just be curious!

The challenge to be processed in this workshop is a real one from the context of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Carolin and Julius, experienced Design Thinking Coaches, will guide you through the process, as well as support each team on their journey to innovation.   

Educational target: 

You will gain deep insights and hands-on-experience with Design Thinking. Results of the workshop are a comprehensive, well-informed, user-centered solution with various prototypes.  

The course language is English.

Please contact us if you would like personal consultaion. We will be happy to help you.

The course schedule is available. You can download it here.

Please note: This a preliminary schedule. Programme modifications are at any time possible.

*1991 in Berlin

  • since October 2016: Coach at the HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam, Germany
  • since April 2016: MA Intermediales Design at HS Dessau & Freelancer for Design; Webdesign and User-Experience Design
  • November 2016: Workshop at DGTF (Risk Literacy)
  • 2015 – 2016: Basic and Advanced Track at HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam; Germany
  • 2015 – 2016: research assistant at  HPI School of Design Thinking
  • 2015: Design Thinking Workshop at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Prototypenseminar, Prof. Maier
  • 2014: Tutor, Bauhaus Summer School, Weimar
  • 2013:  BA Visual Communication, Art School Belfast, Ireland
  • 2011 – 2015: BA Medienkultur, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Julius Falk | www.11mrd.de

*1987 in Gunzenhausen, Germany

  • April 2016: Coaching @ Design Thinking Week, HPI School of Design Thinking Potsdam, Germany
  • October 2015: Co-Founder 11mrd - Design Research Office, Hamburg, Germany
  • June 2015: Design Thinking Workshop, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2015 - 2016: Basic & Advanced Track, HPI School of Design Thinking, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2013 - 2015: Founding Member Lucia Publishing, Weimar
  • 2012 - 2015: M.A. Medienmanagement, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • 2008 - 2011: B.Sc. European Business Administration, University of Bamberg & Corvinus University Budapest

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Participants will earn 3 credit points (ECTS).

The course takes place all day from Monday until Friday. It is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons to receive credit points.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.


The course addresses pupils, students as well as alumni, who are open-minded, self-aware and interested in having fun and working in multidisciplinary teams.

1. Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2017 as one pdf document via email:

  • Curriculum vitae: max. 2 pages
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Myer-Briggs Personality Test: Please take the online test (duration: ca. 10 min.) and add a screenshot of the results to your application document.
  • T-Profile: Please fill out your "T-Profile" and add it to your application document. You are free to be as creative as you like. 

Please note the following:

  • All application documents submitted as one pdf document (max. 5 MB)
  • Name of pdf document »Design_Thinking_family name_first name«
  • Email with subject »Application_Design_Thinking«
Only complete and correctLy Named applications will be considered!

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by e-mail by 15 May 2017 and will have to confirm participation within 3 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the invoice for your specialised course until the end of May.

If you need a VISA, we recommend to inform now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

The course fee is 700 EURO.

500 EURO for students & alumni
300 EURO
for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme (except excursions)
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
Registration for 2017 has closed. Please find the new course programme online from November 2017.