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Problem-Framing for Solution-Finding


  • Jun 16, 2020 at OPM Innovation Lab, 1900 E Street NW, SBH22, Tuition: $600  (#24928)   REGISTER
    Start Time 9:00 AM | End Time: 4:30 PM


Design is often characterized as a process of creative problem solving, but beyond simply finding solutions, design methods and mindsets afford us the opportunity to open up entirely new problem spaces full of unexplored possibilities and untapped potential. Framing a problem is as much a design opportunity as finding its solution, and re-framing old problems in new ways is often the key to discovering truly innovative solutions. In this one-day course, we will explore problem framing in the arts, sciences, industry, diplomacy, and humor (among other fields), and we will experiment with various applications of and approaches to this powerful practice in design.

How You Will Benefit

Together, we will cultivate a critical awareness of different forms and features of problems and learn to see challenges in our lives and work as the opportunities they really are. We will also craft and critique our own design problems (or “briefs”) in order to better understand how perspectives shift and possibilities change when we frame and reframe challenges in different ways.

Who Should Attend

We invite all federal employees—with or without previous design experience—to participate in this course. It is open to anyone interested in more strategically approaching problems to more effectively develop solutions.

Additional Information

Through interactive discussions and collaborative activities, we will engage on topics including:

  • Human-centered versus industry-centered problems
  • The power of specification and abstraction in design
  • “Wicked problems” and co-evolving solution spaces
  • Framing and reframing across design-led processes


Lodging and meals are not included in the tuition.