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Extending learning of the first class

Led by Executive Director Dr. Julie Schell and Assistant Dean Doreen Lorenzo, the School of Design and Creative Technologies extends world-class design thinking courses, trainings, and workshops for businesses, nonprofits and K-12 and higher education institutions as well as individual learners.

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Think Before You Design Think

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What We Offer

Julie Schell

Think Before You Design Think

Design-led organizations outperform their competitors on the S&P by more than 200 percent. This introductory design thinking course has helped Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits develop infrastructures that support innovation,  allowing them to grow and impact the world using human-centered design practices. To help diffuse design thinking throughout your workplace, we offer many different versions of Think Before You Design Think, including a train-the-trainer model.  

Design Sprints and Executive Education

Custom Courses & Workshops

UT Austin-led custom courses, executive trainings, workshops and summer programs to help leaders, individuals and educators deliver breakthrough solutions to a variety of problems facing businesses, schooling and society.

Design Consultancy and Extended Education

Design Consultancy

We offer state-of-the art design consultation services in the areas of innovation design, human-centered design, service design, interior and space design, interaction design, experience design, game design, integrated design, learning space design, instructional design and learning experience design.  


What People Are Saying

Testimonial for SDCTx

"It was great to see a pro like Julie in action in 'Think Before You Design Think.' I've never worked with a learning scientist and her insights into learning are fascinating. Doreen's participation and insights from her experience in leading design firms like frog design added great color from a 'real- world' perspective. They are both great at what they do." 
—International Financial Services Company

Think Before You Design Think testimonial

"I wish everyone I work with could take 'Think Before You Design Think' from UT Austin. Thank you!" 
—Fortune 500 Company

Think Before You Design Think testimonial

"Thank you! I feel so much gratitude to be able to participate in this engaging design thinking workshop and am excited to apply it to my wicked work issues as a team manager." 
—International Financial Services Company


Meet the Team

Julie Schell, Executive Director of Learning Design, Effectiveness and Innovation

Julie Schell, Executive Director of Learning Design, Effectiveness and Innovation

Doreen Lorenzo, Associate Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies

Doreen Lorenzo, Associate Dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies

Michelle Harris, Manager of Executive and Extended Education

Michelle Harris, Manager of Executive and Extended Education

Edgardo Irizarry, Project Manager

Edgardo Irizarry, Manager of Executive Education Projects and Products