Honors College, Innovation, Design Thinking, Success, Prototype, Laker Legend


Liberal Studies


The pages you have before you are a complete chronicle of our journey through the design thinking process. We were asked a pressing question: “how can Honors students better prepare for life after graduation?” This question launched a four-month journey, for which we were given the map of the design thinking process. This map was unique in that it told us what terrain we would be navigating, but not how to get to the next destination. Not directly, anyway. Every section of terrain had many paths, and plenty of open space to forge our own.

From the rolling moors of defining, the treacherous ocean of empathizing, and the jagged cliffs of redefining—to the plentiful woodlands of ideating, the uncharted wilderness of prototyping, and finally, the open plains of testing, we wound our way through the problem, and came out on the other side with a solution. Afterwards, we compiled all our newly-forged maps into a portfolio of our innovation. We are proud to share our progress—how we went from standing before a real-world question to creating the concept of a Laker Legend web application.

Thank you for taking the time to explore our journey—perhaps our insights can help you in some exploration of your own.


LIB 323 / HON 313 - Design Thinking to Meet Real World Needs