【Call for Applications】 Design Thinking for Your Creative Practice Skills and methods to help you work like a designer

We are pleased to inform you of the exciting workshop; "Design Thinking for Your Creative Practice" to be held in coming January and to commence "Call for Applicants" for the workshop. This workshop has been held by Tokyo Tech every year since 2014 and got over-subscription every time because the workshop is helpful to understand core of Design Thinking; concepts of Creative Confidence and User Centric, and they are informative and enjoyable for its nature of speedy, "Silicon Valley" style process, by inviting 3 facilitators and instructors from the US. This time, the workshops will be held online due to COVID-19.

Instructors of the workshop are: Thomas Both, David Janka, and Scott Witthoft. They are all professional product designers and educators. They teach design thinking at the Stanford University d.school,The University of Texas at Austin, and at organizations around the world. The instructors are happy to return to Tokyo Tech for the 6th session of this workshop!

Although this workshop will be held as a part of ToTAL's course of "Fundamental Group Work for Leadership", any Tokyo Tech student who have not registered the course or any student from other universities can apply to the workshop. Please check the details of the workshop below. It is essential for students to have the capabilities of "leadership" and "entrepreneurship" in our borderless society in order to generate new values.

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(Last year's workshop)

Date & Time

■Day 1: 24/Oct (Sun) 08:30-13:00
■Day 2: 30/Oct (Sat) 08:30-13:00
■Day 3: 31/Oct (Sun) 08:30-13:00

Each workshop will be on ZOOM.

Max. number of students

Up to 30 students


  • In addition to ToTAL students and the students who register ToTAL course of "Fundamental Group Work for Leadership", any Tokyo Tech students and any students of other universities can apply the workshop.
  • In case of over subscription, selection will be made.
  • In case of selection, both ToTAL students and the students who registered ToTAL course of "Fundamental Group Work for Leadership" may have a priority and your answers to " Tell us the level of your English capability (scores of any of English assessment or may be accepted ", " Tell us what kind of aim(s) or expectations you have for the workshop " and " Tell us why we have to choose you as attendants for the workshop" may be considered.
  • Attendants to this workshop will have to make commitments on (1) attending both 3 days, and (2) no delay and no early retirement.



  • The workshop will be entirely in English. (Scores over 750 on TOEIC and 80 on TOEFL iBT are preferable).



Deadline for application


Tools for on-line workshop


  • By considering the nature of this workshop, all attendants will be requested to show their faces during on-line workshop. Please access to the workshop from an environment with a good internet connection.

How to apply the workshop

If you want to join the workshop, please apply from URL below. Please fill out all necessary information.

■Application form: https://forms.gle/yitUZEHPh6Bd2Ehe6

Results of the selection will be informed to all applicants after the deadline for application (by 8/Oct).


Please contact Prof. Yamada/ToTAL to the following;
Email: yamada.k.be@m.titech.ac.jp
Room: O-okayama, S6-309B

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(Last year's workshop)

<For your reference>

  1. Facilitators:
  • Thomas Both:

Thomas is a designer and design educator whose passion is helping people understand the practice of human-centered design--and their ability as designers--to innovate how they learn, think, and solve problems. He is director of the Designing for Social Systems program at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University. In this program, he teaches professionals how to apply design thinking to complex social challenges and facilitates workshops for social impact leaders to develop a more human and strategic practice.

  • David Janka:

Design consultant and creative strategist; former Fellow and current lecturer at the Stanford University d.school. David has a medical degree from Stanford and works to integrate design thinking principles into medical education, healthcare delivery, and medical device design.

  • Scott Witthoft:

Professional space and product designer; Associate Professor of Practice at University of Texas at Austin; former Fellow and lecturer at the Stanford University d.school. Scott is author of the book "Make Space," a tool for designing collaborative spaces. He has a professional background in structural engineering.

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Thomas Both    David Janka      Scott Witthoft

2. Comments from students who joined last year's workshop:

  • Tokyo Tech B4: Great workshop to improve your design thinking skill! Highly recommend!
  • Tokyo Tech M2: The workshop was a great opportunity to learn from world experts in design thinking.
  • Tokyo Tech M2: The teachers of this course are very experienced and the content is very substantial, which can improve people's imagination.
  • Keio Univ. M1: It would be too "mottainai" if you stay shy in the workshop. The more you are energized and engaged, the more you can get out of this workshop!

3. ToTAL's aims for this workshop and characteristics of the workshop:

  • All Tokyo Tech students are expected to develop and execute new values for society when you become "professionals" in any fields. ToTAL believes that the core of "leadership" should be the motivation and skills to develop such new values for society proactively.
  • The concept of "Creative Confidence: Anybody can be creative and present new ideas and be "User Centric"; making situations to execute and accept such new values in the society" are considered to be the fundamentals for that. Establishing such concepts in your mind, making logic and taking actions will lead to such new values.
  • Although it is often understood that Design Thinking is a method to generate "innovations" by following 5 steps; empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test, the core of DT should be the 2 concepts above.
  • The aim of this workshop is to establish such 2 concepts in your brain and body. d.school tutors designed the agenda especially for Tokyo Tech to satisfy such aim, which are different from usual design thinking workshop which teaches to follow the 5 steps.
  • During this 3-day workshop, students are expected to understand and experience the mindset of Creative Confidence and the skills of User Centric; exploring mechanisms of needs through the d.school way of speedy, friendly and diversified environment.

4. Reports on "Design Thinking for Your Creative Practice" in AY2020

Prof. K. Yamada, ToTAL
e-mail: yamada.k.be@m.titech.ac.jp TEL: 03-5734-2323