We are a team of psychologists, designers and artists from The New School who are transforming academic research methodology, using design-led thinking and brain science.

Our team in the MinDesign Lab seeks to formalize connections between design and social science research in order to specifically explore how design-led methodology may help inform research practices in psychology and business, as well as how psychology research methodology can shape design-led thinking. Current areas of this work involve how design research methods can address mental health.

Over the course of this semester we’ve embarked on a series of meetings and in these discussions, we have focused on the ways that design and psychology can inform subfields of research across clinical, cognitive, social, and developmental research.

The MinDesign lab aims to explore these topics through rigorous weekly meetings on design-led thinking and communication.
Overall, this project aims to address social and mental health issues by combining methods from experimental research, statistics, and psychology with the practices of design led approaches. Through a transdisciplinary collaboration we plan to create opportunities for bi directional learning between Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research.

By using design processes informed by experimental research, we will develop lateral strategies to create new research ideas and innovate current methods across our schools.

Through the student led MinDesign lab we have already convened a series of meetings between design, psychology, and economics students. Emerging from these discussions has been a need to deepen a shared basis of knowledge. Therefore, we established an ongoing speaker series to inform and help create the shared lexicon of terminology and methodologies