All posts by Devika Patel

Mentorship Program Mixer!

On Monday, February 3, Stanford Design Initiative held a mixer for its mentorship program. The event started out with people getting to know each other while enjoying the provided snacks.



As more mentors and mentees showed up, an improv workshop started, by the Stanford Simps!Mentor/mentee pairs had a lot of fun acting out scenes, walking around the room trying to avoid an enemy, and creating wise proverbs (yesyesyesyesyes!).


In general, the improv workshop continued the lively, enthusiastic atmosphere that continued to fill the stanford atrium until the event ended. We hope mentors and mentees got a chance to meet, mingle, and network with other designers and design students here in the Bay Area!



We hope to see you all at our next mixer!

Stanford Design Initiative Presents: Scare School 101 An Evening with Pixar

Stanford Design Initiative is excited to present

Scare School 101: An Evening With Pixar
The filmmaking team from Pixar will guide the audience through the production process of the summer 2013 Disney Pixar film, “Monsters University”. Twelve years after the original film, see how creators rebuilt the Monster world; updated familiar characters into college-age versions of themselves; designed, built, and lit a campus fit for a monster; and populated the university with a student body of diverse, unique, and terrifying monster types.
Tickets are FREE. Grab them before they’re gone!

WIA + SDI Present: Pixar's Scare School 101
WIA + SDI Present: Pixar’s Scare School 101


Stanford Design Initiative Mixer + SIMPS (Improv) Workshop

This past week, on October 3rd 2013, the Stanford Design Initiative had its first mixer of the year for undergrads & grads interested in design. With yummy food and talk, current SDI members mingled with students new to design and new to SDI. We talked about design, about classes that are interesting, cool professors to talk to, and upcoming events. After some mingling, attendees went to an interactive and fun improv workshop held by the Stanford Improvisers, known as SIMPS. We had a great time exploring our environments, our bodies and our perceptions. I know I learned about myself, and I’m sure others did too.

Yeahhh Design Thinking!
Yeahhh Design Thinking!

We hope to see everyone at our next event. :)


Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA) and SDI Partnership

Just this past Monday, September 23rd, Deger and Chris visited Urban Studies 131 — VIP: Very Impactful People, Social Innovation and the Social Entrepreneur. Our two representatives spoke about Stanford Design Initiative, what we do, what services we offer to the design community, some cool workshops that might be coming up, and how much we’re stressing on the importance of community, learning from each other, and mentorships and friendships. This was our first “publicity” event for the new year, and they were able to reach out to many freshman and upperclassmen who were interested in design thinking and its application to Social Entrepreneurship!

If you’re interested, check out the class at Stanford: Urban Studies 131, hosted by SENSA!

Deger and Chris presenting Stanford Design Initiative at Urban Studies 131: Very Impactful People!
Deger and Chris presenting Stanford Design Initiative at Urban Studies 131: Very Impactful People!

—Lots of love from your friendly community manager,