What is the compass?

The Design to Improve Life compass (the Compass) is a tool that integrates the three fundamental competencies of the teaching; Design to Improve Life, Didactics and Process.

The Compass is designed to help you and your students navigate, focus and stay on track in the Design to Improve Life process.

The Compass manages the process by offering a clear structure of the process’s and the teaching’s various levels and elements.

At the same time it encourages curiosity, engagement, creativity and innovative thinking, in order to increase both the teacher’s and the students’ spontaneity.

The Compass acts as the structure of the Design to Improve Life Education material, and supports the overarching goals for the teaching with concrete actions, methods and techniques, to help the students work through the design process. Thus, the Compass cannot be used without the accompanying education material.

The Design to Improve Life compass consists of four primary levels:

The user
The “target market” negatively affected by a specific situation, who will benefit from the design solution.

The four phases
Prepare, Perceive, Prototype and Produce – the four main phases in the design process.

Twelve concrete actions
Three actions plus a final Sum Up of each of the four phases. The actions in each phase are relevant for and support the educational goals of each phase.

A series of techniques that support the actions
Several of these techniques are familiar process-tools, which are combined into a new holistic and creative form of teaching.