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The Design Lab provides programs and opportunities for students and faculty to apply their knowledge to projects, activities, and events.

Applied Learning

Human-centered design starts with including humans in the design process itself. One important aim of the Design Lab is to make the world of academia more accessible by providing an interdisciplinary environment under one roof. The design thinking framework is based on the philosophy that a hands-on, user-centric approach to problem solving promotes innovation; in turn, innovation can lead to differentiation and a competitive advantage.

Learn about how to apply your knowledge to projects, activities, and events by the Design Lab.


Undergraduates work with Design Lab staff on operations and communications projects.

ucsd design lab ideation designathon

View job announcements from design community companies and institutions.


Learn to identify problems, ideate potential solutions, and develop prototypes.

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