I love to teach, and I do it a lot. As the lead of the Advanced program at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut School of Design Thinking in Potsdam, I plan course curriculum and create lectures and activities on a wide range of practical design thinking topics. Before I moved to Germany, I taught at the Stanford d.school. I have been teaching design thinking topics around the world since 2010, in academia and in industry.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to sketchnote and communicate visually, I can get you started, whatever your level. See Whiteboard Warrior for more about the sketching courses I’ve taught.

I care a lot about designing for accessibility, equity, and inclusivity. I wouldn’t call myself an expert, but I help spread basic to intermediate knowledge.

Finally, I also teach coaches, trainers, and instructors how to structure and deliver design thinking workshops.

Frequent Lecture Topics

  • Preparing interviews and cultural probes
  • Externalizing and synthesizing fieldwork findings
  • Prototyping towards critical functions
  • Preparing presentations and design deliverables
  • Drawing, sketching, and sketchnoting, beginner to advanced
  • Workshop planning, conceptualizing, and facilitation

Talks and Keynotes

  • “Ingredients for Innovation: Crafting the Design Thinking Learning Experience”
    • European Consortium of Innovative Universities (Łódź, Poland)
  • “Drawing for Creativity”
    • Bauhaus Summer School (Weimar, Germany)
  • “Between Paper and Code: Interface Design Basics”
    • HPI School of Design Thinking (Potsdam, Germany)
  • “Gender and Iconography: Dude, Not Cool”
    • Pecha Kucha Berlin; up.front Berlin
  • “Inclusive Design”
    • Tradecraft (San Francisco, California, USA)
  • “Designing Design Workshops”
    • Institute for the Future (Palo Alto, California, USA)
  • “Human-Centered Design for Visitor Engagement”

Selected Courses and Workshops

Higher education

  • Program Lead, Advanced Track, HPI School of Design Thinking
    • Potsdam, Germany
  • ME 377: Design Thinking Bootcamp @ the Stanford d.school
    • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • EDUC 338x: Innovations in Education @ the Stanford d.school
    • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Pop-Up Course: Whiteboard Warrior @ the Stanford d.school
    • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • University of Mannheim Business School
    • Mannheim, Germany
  • University of Nairobi
    • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Academy of Art University (with Designing Insights)
    • San Francisco, California


K-12 Education

  • The York School
    • Monterey, California, USA
  • Sacred Heart Schools
    • Menlo Park, California, USA
  • d.school k-12 Educator Workshop
    • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • TEDx Manhattan Beach
    • Manhattan Beach, California, USA


  • Atlassian Software (with Designing Insights)
    • San Francisco, California, USA
  • Kaiser Permanente
    • San Francisco, California, USA
  • Education Elements
    • San Carlos, California, USA


  • HPI Academy at the Hasso-Plattner-Institut
    • Potsdam, Germany
  • RWTH Aachen Executive MBA
    • Aachen, Germany
  • Australian Academy of Design
    • Melbourne, Australia
  • Design Thinking Hawaii
    • Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Institute for the Future
    • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Executive Design Thinking Bootcamp at the Stanford d.school
    • Palo Alto, California, USA
  • MotherCoders
    • San Francisco, California, USA