Innovation through disruption, narratives and guerrilla thinking.

Experiential practice-based making and doing workshops that mine tangible material and data.

Workshops differ from short courses by not having formal assessments. They are about acquiring skills, focusing on practice-based collaboration and team challenges without traditional lectures. They offer an exciting and imaginative way to tackle big issues such as service design and social innovation. They are also useful for cross-disciplinary teams to work together as an interdisciplinary group of progressive thinkers.

We emphasise learner endeavour through making and doing; which is reflexive–learning from experience about ourselves, our work, and the way we relate to home and work and wider society and culture–collaborative, and publicly engaged. DSA’s offers two workshop pathways to its corporate clients: Teaching Workshops for skills acquisition and practical engagement; and Commercial Workshops for training, knowledge exchange and developing new products and strategies in:

  • User Experience Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Materials, Processes and Drawing
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Pedagogy using digital technology

We believe most workshops are over used and badly run. Facilitators need to emphasise the purpose of the workshop is to test and explore through rigorous analysis. It is not goal orientated, it’s exploration. And fun.

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Graham Newman | FounderBio

Meet the DSA founder | Graham Newman

Graham has extensive expertise in design education and practice in Asia Pacific for over 20 years having taught at leading universities in Bangkok, Singapore and Jakarta. Graham’s design education philosophy is forged by his Masters of Research experience at the Royal College of Art, and his own design practice during which he has won several international design awards including development of the world’s first interactive music CD-Rom.

Graham holds a PGCert in Higher Education (PGCHE) where his aptitude in blended co-op learning environments was grounded, and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Read More →