StudioChat Series


March 4-6 DIG Keynote
April 6 StudioChat
May 4 StudioChat

February 2, 2021
Journey Mapping with Abe Dickison
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January 5
Design Thinking MiniChats
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December 1
Kerstin Nye
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November 10
Garreth Heidt
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October 6
Diane Richards
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September 1
Tim Anness
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Recordings from each Zoom session will be posted on the Resource Pages at some point soon. Thank you so much for your patience!

    The Design Thinking StudioChats are FREE  |  The series is facilitated by SummerStudio Faculty in Collaboration with Guest Designers and Educators.

    Welcome, K-18 Art and Design Educators!
    We are delighted to virtually invite you into our homes as you virtually experience our inspirational monthly Design Thinking StudioChat sessions. Join us as we explore how design thinking methodologies are being applied in education and industry from multiple perspectivesincluding design thinking visionaries, practitioners, former SummerStudio participants, DIG members & grant recipients, museum educators, and beyond. 

    StudioChat  |  Tuesday, February 2, 2021  |  7:30pm EST
    Please join our next inspirational Design Thinking StudioChat Guest Presenter, Abe Dickison!

    REGISTER NOW! Please invite your friends to join us for this session! The registration process is simple, just sign into your Google account and complete this form no later than 12 noon eastern time on Monday, February 1, 2021. Membership not required.

    During this StudioChat, we will discover how to create and use visual narratives as a tool for problem-solving via Journey Mapping.
    Journey Mapping creates an environment for problem-solving by removing internal bias, fostering highly detailed recall, building a greater understanding of human behavior, and digging into empathy.

    In a workshop format, this session offers a brief overview of Journey Mapping—then dives into a quick hands-on experience. The goal is to provide a meaningful exercise that can be easily replicated in your classroom. The resource will be shared with those who register, then later posted on this website.

    Essential Question:
    How might we create environments for better problem solving utilizing our 5 senses, documenting them through visual tools, creative notetaking, and organization?

    Get in touch with your senses and explore the power of Journey Mapping! Keenly take inventory of your 5 senses while using Google Jamboard to document your journey using sketching, photos, and notetaking of your experience learning how to use a new tool. Use the 8 elements of a Journey Map to layout your experience and uncover the most critical steps, points of tension, and how to be a 21st century problem solver! 

    Abraham Dickison, MBA, is the Creative Director at ABE Studios, a strategic design, and marketing agency. Abraham is also an Adjunct Instructor of Graphic Design Portfolio at Southern New Hampshire University. Mr. Dickison loves helping clients and students discover the impact of design, through emotional connection and storytelling. He is the founder of Brave Bear, a startup that focuses on creating moments of connection to build strong communities through celebrating the unique milestones in the lives of LGBTQ people. Abraham holds an MBA from Concordia University Wisconsin and is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a BFA in Industrial/Product Design. 


    7:15 PM  Meeting Room Opens
    7:30  Welcome!
    7:35 Meet the StudioChat Facilitators
    7:40  StudioChat Guest Presentation
    8:00  Interactive Discussion
    8:25  Wrap Up and Announcements

    Need Tech Help? Please download our FAQ Tech Sheet here.
    A Certificate of Completion will be available for the 1-hour PD session upon request.
    Questions? Contact Rande Blank at or (215) 530-8085

    StudioChat Facilitators

    Rande Blank  |  Associate Professor, Director, MAT Art + Design Education, University of the Arts; Past-Chair, NAEA Design Interest Group; Higher Education, Pennsylvania Art Education Association Member; Design-Ed Board Member

    Gayle DeBruyn  |  Program Chair, KCAD Furniture, Collaborative Design, Master of Art and Design, Chief Sustainability Officer; Co-Developer of XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School 

    Dr. Jan Norman  |  Founding Director, Design for Thinking Teaching Institute; Past-Chair NAEA Design Interest Group; Former Eastern Region Vice President, NAEA; Former President, Pennsylvania Art Education Association

    Carrie Ann Power  |  Art and Design Education Consultant; Retired Visual and Performing Arts Associate South Carolina Department of Education; NAEA Design Interest Group Member; South Carolina Arts Alliance Board Member

    Dr. Cindy Todd  |  Art Education, KCAD; Co-Developer of XQ Super School, Grand Rapids Public Museum School; NAEA Art Educator of the Year; Former Western Region Vice President, NAEA; Former President, Michigan Art Education Association

    Doris Wells-Papanek  |  Chair, NAEA Design Interest Group; Founder and Director, Design Learning Network; Design Challenge Facilitator; Design Research and Strategy Consultant; Design-Ed Board Member 

    Design Thinking StudioChat Series Support Provided by the NAEA Design Interest Group and SummerStudio Faculty