Design Thinking In and Out of Prison
2021; David Smith
'Design Thinking In and Out of Prison'
15th International Conference on Design Principles & Practice, University of Monterrey, Mexico; Presented virtually due to Covid-19.
2021; David Smith
'Perceptual Boundaries Based on Role and Social Context: A Collaboration between Prison Students and University Students'
98th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Academy of Sciences, University of South Alabama; Presented virtually due to Covid-19.
Opportunity to work with Staton students provided by the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project; Auburn University students that participated are Amelia Bandy, Hailey Boutelle, Bailey Matthews, Anaaft Brown Sakyi-Addo, Natalie Walker and Allie Wright.
In Spring of 2019, through the Prison Arts and Education Project (APAEP), I taught a Design Thinking course at the Staton Correction Facility in Elmore, AL. In addition to learning about design thinking in general, the students were tasked with solving a communication problem. For some reason, only a small percentage of Alabama correctional facility residents would sign-up for APAEP courses. Residents that did take the courses were overwhelmingly happy with them. The challenge was, “How could we better communicate with their fellow residents about the classes?”
To help the Staton students, who had no way to create and display their concepts in a finished manner, I enlisted the help of six Auburn graphic design students. The Auburn students were to interpret and produce the Staton students’ ideas. This created a collaborative relationship between the two student groups.
As in most cases when one is trying to make innovations, budgetary and institutional constraints get in the way. Such was our case. But while no true innovation was made, we did discover many insights for APAEP and created a set of flyer templates they can use for future class promotions.