• Welcome to the Data Viz Section of The Design Thinking Initiative!

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  • Accumulative Participants of the Design Thinking Initiative

    This year we are experimenting with data visualization techniques that will help us communicate the impact of our pilot program since its inception in Fall 2015. Our student design partner, Lily Qian is the data visualization partner behind all the graphs here. The database has been built from attendance at our programming: classes, workshops, lectures, and engagements with the Smith College community. Thanks also to Ailey Picasso-Hobin, Zaza Kabayadondo, Borjana Mikic, Eliana Gevelber, Minh Ly and Cate Wallen at Institutional Research, MassMutual Faculty Fellow – Amelia McNamara, Maddy Kulke, Jordan Crouser and the Human Computer Visualization Lab.

  • The tree maps present the accumulated number of participants for each division since inception.

  • The tree maps present the accumulated number of participants for each division since inception.

  • The bar chart and the following scatterplot and radar graphs compare the number of participants in the academic year 2015-2016 and academic year 2016-2017. They reflect the growing impact of Design Thinking Initiative.

  • The bar chart compares the number of events and event types in academic year 2015-2016 and academic year 2016-2017. From all the graphs presented below, we could see a significant growth in both participants and the events.

  • The Design Thinking Initiative interviewed 13 students who took IDP 316 [Critical] Design Thinking Studio, a course offered by the initiative annually. These 13 students talked about how this course enriched their academic and intellectual learning experience. The initiative transcribed the audio and created 20 “SuperCodes”, which categorized the main ideas students stated in their conversations, and captured these supercodes in each paragraph of the transcript. We gathered these data and visualized them to present how these “SuperCodes”, or concepts, are connected in the learning environment of design thinking.

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  • The Proportion of SuperCodes in Interviews

  • Interaction of Students vs SuperCodes

Student Supercodes Visulization

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We’ve bundled our events and activities into 6 categories that capture the breadth of our program, as shown in the table below. This allows us to show who is participating in what kind of activities.


Participation in conversations about design and its influence in shaping the human experience.


Innovations in the curriculum that are supported by our Curriculum Enhancement Grants, capturing the impact on faculty grant recipients and the students they teach.

Space and Materials

Use of our classroom, prototyping studio, and group work resources at Capen Annex. Including programs initiated by community members that are held in our space.


Workshops of all kind that are facilitated by the Design Thinking Initiative Team.

Methods and Mindsets

We have provided opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn and design thinking methods such as prototyping, empathy-based needs assessment, and idea generation techniques. Including mindsets such as human-centeredness, collaboration, and embracing failure as an opportunity to learn.


Our growing community of Smith students, staff and faculty who follow what we do.

Dividing the Smith community into 10 divisions, we use number 0 to 10 to represent diverse groups of participants in the Initiative. The tables below provide the information of each division, and are served as references for the following graphs.