D3 @ PSP: Finalizing A Design Proposal

This week the teens at PSP made a lot of progress using the D3 process to create a design proposal for the 5th floor lounge space to become the teen programming workroom at PSP. Each day kids were lined up on the waiting list to join and parents expressed how their child so looks forward to D3! One great part about having new teens join in the middle of a design project is that the designers get great practice introducing the D3 process to their peers.

So, on Tuesday we continued the plan it out phase. The teens worked as three teams to search for different options to satisfy our functional needs for a work space; a table and ten chairs, a white/black board, curtains, and locked storage. By working with a budget of $200 each group found one option of their item for less than $50 and one for more than $50. The teens are super comfortable searching through the internet and found great sources of items satisfying these parameters. They took screen shots of each item to use in the final proposal. Some great ideas came about for working within our budget, like buying cheap, used stools and painting or upholstering them to look nicer.

Cut paper symbolizes current furniture

Cut paper symbolizes current furniture

On Wednesday they brought together all the pieces of their design proposal. One group made a final version of the furniture floorplan and another group wrote the purpose, process, and proposal of their design. Everyone engaged in their area of interest and some great teamwork got this big amount of work done in merely one session. Next week we will craft an email of all these collaborative pieces and send the proposal in for approval!

Categories: design, do it, people serving people, PSP, space


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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