D3@PSP hits the streets!

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The teens have prototyped for a week straight trying to find the best idea for our lobby space re-vamp. We went through some great and not-so-great ideas like planting an Xbox gaming station in the elevators, decorating the lobby as a spooky haunted house for Halloween and a full scale ceiling mural. We finally landed on a fantastic idea: to create a map of the PSP neighborhood highlighting all the great places downtown Minneapolis has to offer for the guests.

For field research, we decided to take a short walk around the neighborhood to really get a sense of the places the teens and their families utilize most. Our teens assigned themselves different jobs for documentation with every park, museum and restaurant were stopped at. We took pictures, decided on the price point, wrote down features of the location and discussed the mood/feeling of each place. When we got back to PSP, the group split into two, one group organized all of our notes onto a word document for future reference while the other group created a list of all the places and went around the PSP building to talk to guests about their favorite/most used spaces. We loved seeing the teens approach new faces and introduce themselves, the D3 project and then ask them their opinions. Guests loved to chat and share their input!

Categories: design it, PSP


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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